Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy Solicitors - Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyers
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Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy Overview
Hemiplegia cerebral palsy is a condition that affects one side, or hemisphere, of a cerebral palsy patient’s body. Hemiplegia will affect only either the right or the left side of the body. The condition is caused by damage to a specific portion of the brain, which, when it happens during fetal development, during delivery or immediately following birth, is known as congenital hemiplegia. When hemiplegia occurs later in life - typically up to the age of three - it is referred to as acquired hemiplegia. If the left side of the brain is injured, this results in right side hemiplegia and, if the right side of the brain is injured, it produces left side hemiplegia. This condition is fairly common and is thought to impact as many as one in every 1,000 children.
While the exact causes of congenital hemiplegia cerebral palsy are not completely understood, parents usually start to notice symptoms of the condition in early infancy. Premature birth and difficult deliveries may increase the risk of hemiplegia. If hemiplegia is a result of brain damage, it can generally be attributed to something that happened during pregnancy; however, scientists have not yet located precise factors. Acquired hemiplegia, on the other hand, is a result of brain damage that occurs during childhood. The most common causes are infections, accidents or stroke.
Hemiplegia can affect each patient in different ways. In most patients, there is some level of muscle weakness, along with an inability to control motor functions on the affected side of the body. These symptoms may be quite noticeable in some people, while they may be very mild in others. Even though hemiplegia is incurable, some forms of physical therapy minimize the symptoms. Once your child is diagnosed, it is a good idea to consult with a child development specialist to find a certified therapist equipped to help you and your child with his or her disabilities.
As children’s brains are considered somewhat “flexible”, some of the functions of the damaged areas may be taken over by healthy areas of the brain. Children and young adults diagnosed with hemiplegia may notice small differences in their development in damaged areas, as compared to older adults. Children with hemiplegia should be treated in the same manner as other children whenever possible. It is very important to encourage children to be active and use their weaker side as much as possible during periods of play, as well as while performing everyday tasks. This will help to increase strength and independence. Children should participate in sports they enjoy as they grow older to assist further with development.
That said, it is important to note that about 50 percent of all children with hemiplegia have other issues related to their cerebral palsy. These issues include visual and speech impairments and neurological conditions, such as epilepsy. Some children may have subtler problems, such as emotional or behavioural issues, learning disabilities and perceptual problems. Seeking treatment from a cerebral palsy specialist may ease these issues, allowing the child to flourish.
Having a firm understanding of hemiplegia, what it means for your child and how you can help your child reach his or her full potential gives your child the best opportunity for a normal life. Be sure to take full advantage of all resources available to you, including mobility specialists. Do not be afraid to speak up as an advocate for your child, and ask as many questions as necessary to meet all of your child’s needs.
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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here