Cerebral palsy is a relatively common condition that can cause a wide range of physical and cognitive impairments. Dyskinetic cerebral palsy is one type of CP that makes up about 20 percent of all cases. It tends to be more severe than other types of CP. When you have this condition, your muscles may get very stiff or very loose, and you may have trouble controlling your movements.
What causes dyskinetic cerebral palsy?
Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy is typically caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control movement. This can happen before, during, or after birth. This condition is usually the result of a brain injury that occurred during pregnancy or delivery. Dyskinetic CP can also be caused by a brain injury that happens after birth, such as head injury, an infection in the brain, such as meningitis and brain damage from lack of oxygen.
Treatment for dyskinetic cerebral palsy
There is no single treatment for dyskinetic CP. Treatment focuses on helping the person manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy can help with movement, communication, and daily living skills. Medications may be prescribed to help control muscle spasms or other symptoms. In some cases, surgery may help to correct problems with the bones or joints.
If you or your child has been diagnosed with dyskinetic CP, it’s important to understand the causes and risk factors, such as prematurity, low birth weight, and head injury. There is no cure for this condition, but with the aforementioned remedies, most people with CP can lead fulfilling lives.
If you or your child gets diagnosed with dyskinetic CP, there are many resources available to help you understand and cope with the condition. It’s important to research your options and find a care team that you trust. Remember, you are not alone. There are many other people out there who are dealing with this condition and they can offer support and understanding.