Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a movement disorder that starts in early development of young children. It occurs as a result of a brain injury sustained during birth. CP is caused by damage in the motor cortex. This region of the brain affects muscle control and coordination. Cerebral Palsy affects a child’s movement and coordination. Failure to walk or crawl is an early sign of CP in young children.
There is no cure for CP, but treatment and therapies exist to relieve symptoms. Symptoms can vary from person to person. Some CP patients need special equipment, while some may not be able to walk and require lifelong care. Mild CP patients might walk a bit differently than able-bodied people; however, they will not require special equipment.
Using orthotic devices and instruments may help a child maintain a certain level of mobility, or correct any physical issues that may be preventing the child from being fully mobile.
Orthotic devices are worn externally by the patient and are designed to relieve several conditions including weakness, deformities, dislocation, or inward and outward turning of the legs. Braces can be made from several materials such as metal, carbon fiber, leather, plastic, or rubber and are made to fit the patient’s physical condition.
The goal of orthotic treatment is to help patients with CP gain the ability to walk and move about. When orthotic treatment is successful, patients will establish improved joint motion and muscle movement.
At Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions, we provide our patients with high quality orthotics to brace, support, protect, or correct various parts of the body. We offer a wide range of options for the head, neck, spine, and upper and lower extremities to meet each patient’s unique needs for support and stabilization.