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Spastic diplegia cerebral palsy


Other Names for this Disease
  • Cerebral palsy spastic diplegic
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Treatment

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How might spastic diplegia cerebral palsy be treated?

Treatment of spastic diplegia cerebral palsy varies based on the signs and symptoms present in each person and the severity of the condition. Affected people are often cared for by a team of healthcare providers who specialize in a variety of different medical fields (i.e. neurologists, rehabilitation physicians, social workers, physical therapists, etc). Orthotic devices (such as a walker, wheelchair or leg braces), physical therapy, and occupational therapy can help improve independent mobility. Certain medications may be prescribed to relax stiff, contracted, or overactive muscles. Orthopedic surgery is often recommended for severely affected people who have symptoms that make walking and moving difficult or painful.[1][2][3]

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Last updated: 1/7/2015

References
  1. Cerebral Palsy: Hope Through Research. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. November 2014; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/detail_cerebral_palsy.htm.
  2. Cerebral Palsy. NORD. February 2008; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/63/viewAbstract.
  3. Hoda Z Abdel-Hamid, MD. Cerebral Palsy. Medscape Reference. June 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1179555-overview.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Cerebral palsy spastic diplegic
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.