Cerebral palsy is a disease that affects close to one million people. Unfortunately, it is often a disease that means that an individual will ultimately not be able to live a normal life like they had hoped. Instead, many people who suffer from the disease run the risk of developing additional developmental problems in addition to the physical issues. Furthermore, there are actually four different specific types of cerebral palsy, a fact that many people are not fully aware of. Although just one of the types makes up more than half the cases, there are three other distinct types that must be discussed herein.
Types of the Disease
By far, the most prevalent type (about 50% of cases) is known as spastic cerebral palsy. This is the one that involves the stiff muscles that are almost always contracted, rendering its victims virtually motionless at times. The next most prevalent form is athetoid, causing its victims to writhe around uncontrollably. This makes up approximately 25% of the total number of cerebral palsy patients. The final two forms, ataxic and mixed make up around 10% each. Just as the name implies, mixed means that a person has two or more forms of the disease. Ataxic means that they have problems maintaining their balance on a regular basis.
For those who are suffering from the disease, or anyone who is close to them, cerebral palsy can be very frustrating. There is no cure for the disease and as such, anyone that suffers from it is essentially forced to deal with it in the best way that they possibly can. While some individuals have very mild forms of the disease, others have such severe forms that they are unable to sit up on their own. The fact that certain developmental issues often come with it only exacerbate the problem and make it even more difficult to handle.
At Integrated Neurology Services, we provide extensive treatment options to help patients with cerebral palsy get the care they need and deserve. If you are in the Northern Virginia area, call us today to schedule an appointment. Help is only a phone call or click away.