Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition caused by a brain injury that takes place before, during or shortly after birth. It affects muscle tone and control, which can result in involuntary movements or abnormal walking.
The deformities are majorly caused by increased muscle tone. The primary orthopaedic conditions most affected in cerebral palsy are balance, impacted fine and gross motor function, impaired muscle tone, impaired movements, coordination and control, impaired oral motor function, etc.
Dr Rakesh Lalla of Fortis Hospital has shed light on the orthopaedic complications of cerebral palsy:
Dr Pramod Bhor of Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi talked about the importance of monitoring orthopaedic health and using treatments.
“To provide the best opportunity for a full life to a person suffering with cerebral palsy, it is crucial to monitor his/her orthopaedic health. Non-invasive strategies like physical therapy help cope with the disabilities, only resorting to surgery when it is needed. Physical therapy is important because it helps the joints and bones to stay in the correct alignment and can keep things from getting any worse. Treatment mostly consists of physical therapy, injections, splints and surgical procedures to correct deformities,” said Dr Pramod Bhor.