Botox May Not Be As Effective As Other Treatments For Cerebral Palsy
Botox is a word most associate with plastic surgery and beauty treatments, but the treatment also has other uses. For certain types of cerebral palsy, it is used as a treatment to block the signals between nerves and muscles to reduce muscle stiffness.
However, according to Cerebral Palsy News Today, a new study says that the drug may not outperform other forms of treatment. The study was published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
The drug is used when only a specific group of muscles is continuously contracted. Injecting botox into these muscles forces them to relax. The review looked at studies that checked its safety and effectiveness compared to placebo and other treatments. 1,508 children were part of the review, most between the ages of 3 and 7.
The review authors said that the quality of evidence in the studies was too low. They could not draw a conclusion that botox was better than placebo or traditional treatments like plaster casts. However, they did say it was better than using splints.
This is not evidence that botox treatments for children with CP is unsafe, just that it’s not proven to be better than interventions that are not drug-based. If more research comes out about the effectiveness of botox for stiff muscles in children with Cerebral Palsy, we will report on it.
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Boy With Cerebral Palsy Made Honorary Football Captain, Member Of The Team
Children born with birth traumas or injuries have to face many struggles. They’re often dependent on the kindness of others to help them achieve their dreams. One young boy with cerebral palsy in Illinois got a special surprise from the local football team when he was made an honorary captain for a day and a member of the team. Fox News has the story.
The Grant Jr. Bulldogs youth football team got together to make local boy Bryson Jenkins a member of the team. Bryson, now age 7, was born with severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy after a stroke that happened soon after his birth. He is nonverbal and has only started walking without assistance last year.
However, his mother says that he loves football. He carries around a football around the house and gets excited. The team decided to give him a special experience last October by making him honorary captain during the game. They had him do some of the things that position does, like the coin toss and running through the banner.
His mother was very thankful at the warm welcome her child received from the team. The other boys even started to chant his name as he entered the field during the final seconds of the day. With the help of his father, Byrson scored a touchdown.
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Canadian Woman Finds Success As A Structural Engineer Despite Cerebral Palsy
A story by the CBC tells the tale of a Canadian woman who hasn’t let cerebral palsy slow down her career as a structural engineer.
Julia Halipchuk started her career search looking for a job in the field that was an office position. The reason was her cerebral palsy, which makes her walk with a limp and restricts the use of her right hand.
She was worried that she would be unsafe working on job sites due to her condition. However, due to her skills, she kept getting hired for jobs that required her to be on-site.
Luckily for her, her supervisors have been very accommodating. They say that working around her condition is no different than working with someone who has a fear of heights.
Halipchuk has also developed a way to climb low ladders by hooking her arm around the rungs in a particular way to stay safe. If the ladder is too tall or too vertical, she’ll ask a coworker to do that part of the job.
Some companies are afraid to hire people with disabilities because they aren’t sure they could do the job. However, if companies are willing to make reasonable compromises, many people who were born with a serious condition can still be a productive member of society and a valuable employee.
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Caregiver Convicted Of Stealing From Adult With Cerebral Palsy
Birth injury lawyers like ourselves do our best to secure compensation for families that have been harmed by medical negligence. However, once the settlements are complete, families must shelter that compensation carefully so it is used for the right reasons.
A story from England is a case in point. Portsmouth reported that a caretaker stole more than £6,200 from an elderly woman with cerebral palsy. The victim was her boyfriend’s mother. She started caring for her after her husband died.
The caretaker had access to the victim’s bank accounts. The unemployed caretaker took the money over four months in small transactions, eventually overdrawing the account. That got the bank to contact the victim, who then told her son.
The son threw the caretaker out. Later, the caretaker was arrested. She denied taking the cash but then tried to say that she had permission and that she hadn’t been paid for her caretaking services.
The court wanted to send her to jail, but the law required the court to send her to a probationary program.
If you win a settlement, you should talk with your lawyer about ways to manage that money. For instance, you may need to put it into a trust that can only be used for medical treatment. That will prevent caretakers and family members from spending the money in ways that don’t help the victim.
Two Boys With Cerebral Palsy Play On Broadway For “A Christmas Carol”
Who says that people with disabilities can’t act? Two boys with cerebral palsy are playing the role of Tiny Tim on Broadway in this year’s revival of “A Christmas Carol”. PIX 11 reported on the story.
The boys are named Jai Srinivasan and Sebastian Ortiz. They are best friends. Neither of them had much acting experience before taking on the role, but they are doing well.
In the original story, Tiny Tim is disabled. Activists have expressed their approval of casting children with disabilities for the part. Srinivasan has a limp and wears an arm brace. Ortiz has orthotics on both legs and requires a walker.
The boys each have a show four times a week. While the role is small, it is an extremely important one. Now that both boys have had a taste of Broadway, they want to continue acting and make it their career.
Like many children who have attained high goals despite a disability, both boys have an attitude where they don’t identify with their disability. They know they have them, but it is not a part of their identity and they don’t let it limit what they can achieve.
Perhaps in about 15 years we’ll them on the silver screen or in larger roles on the stage!
Cerebral Palsy Patients Without Intellectual Disability Have Normal Social And Verbal Development According To New Study
Parents sometimes worry that a child born with motor function problems like cerebral palsy might fall behind socially. A new study in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology might smooth over some of these worries. Cerebral Palsy News Today has the story.
The study looked at 121 people with cerebral palsy. The researchers wanted to know how CP affects social skills over time. They followed the children for 13 years starting in childhood.
100 of the participants had no trouble coping socially as they moved through life, so long as their CP wasn’t at the severest levels. “Although poor gross motor function may affect communication and social interactions, it does not reflect communicative and social capabilities,” they said. “Therefore, healthcare professionals should not underestimate the communicative and social capabilities of young individuals with CP based on GMFCS levels.”
However, those with severe CP did suffer a lot of social deficits. Also, the sample size of the study participants who had CP and intellectual disability was too small to draw any definite conclusions. More study is needed for these cases.
Nevertheless, parents should work on encouraging a child with CP to work on their communication skills. This study shows that cerebral palsy doesn’t have to hold people back in these areas.
Chattanooga Man With Cerebral Palsy Wants To Inspire Others With Disabilities
ABC News Channel 9 in Chattanooga has a story about a man with cerebral palsy who wants to disprove the naysayers. Lyndon Stamper is pushing his limits to show others with disabilities that their conditions don’t have to hold them back.
Like many children born with a disability, he was told that he was wouldn’t be able to do certain things because of their condition. Sometimes these are completely false. CP doesn’t affect the intelligence of a person, just their motor skills. Yet he was told that he wouldn’t be able to graduate high school with a regular diploma. However, he did so in 2004.
The same thing was told about his employment prospects and his ability to walk or stand. It did take him many years and hundreds of applications to get hired somewhere, but he is now a member services employees at the YMCA.
Using the tools at the Y in his spare time, he has taken up exercise to strengthen his body so he can walk. At the start of his routine, he couldn’t press more than 40 pounds with a leg press machine. Now he can do over 275 pounds and is able to stand and walk.
He hopes to eventually become a personal trainer for others with disabilities.
Child With Possible Cerebral Palsy “Humiliated” After Visit To Legoland
Sometimes companies can come up with policies that, while they look good on the surface, may cause their customers hassle beyond what is legally right. We have a story from Birmingham Life about a boy with possible cerebral palsy who was forced to show he could walk before getting on a ride at Legoland in the UK.
The five-year-old boy was visiting the theme park after undergoing four operations in a year. He has great difficulty walking and gets around with a wheelchair.
He wanted to go on the Ninjago ride, but the ride operator said that he couldn’t unless he could prove he could walk in case of an evacuation. He was able to make three steps holding his mother’s hand, but park officials told him to do it again.
They did manage to get on, but afterward her son said, “Why would they make a disabled person walk? It really hurt.” When they attempted to go on other rides, they were asked to prove the boy could walk again. Instead, they left.
The mother questioned the policy and discovered that 80% of the rides at the part are not accessible for disabled people. She believes that the rule is humiliating, especially since they make people do it in public which holds up the ride line.
A spokesperson apologized, but said that the rule is necessary for safety.
Family Creates Duck Boat Costume For Child With Cerebral Palsy
It’s Halloween today, and so we want to share a light-hearted story about a family in Alaska who created a special costume for their son with cerebral palsy. WKRG explains.
The family created mock duck hunting boat for Brantley Finch of Saraland. Brantley has cerebral palsy and is two years old. The boat was made by putting a car seat into a toy wagon. The family then decorated the cart with all the gear needed for duck hunting. The cart is festooned with camouflage, a toy gun and ammo, wading boots, and even a bird dog.
The mother was told that her child wasn’t expected to survive birth. Yet thanks to their determination, Brantley is doing well. She says that being outside helps Brantley with his seizures, and his father says that he hopes to take Brantley on a real duck hunt when he gets older.
We hope that the family gets their wishes and that Brantley enjoys his costume!
This isn’t the only story we’ve talked about involving a Halloween costume. Another child with CP was dressed up in his walker like one of the characters from the movie “Up”. That photo went viral. Check back in our archives to find that story.
Family Hunts For Suitable Pool Options For Boy With Cerebral Palsy
There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy, but there are plenty of treatment options to help children born with the condition do the best they can. However, some children lack access to these options, even simple ones like swimming.
WJHL in Greenville, Tennessee has the story of one mother who is having trouble finding swimming options for their two-year-old boy, who has yet to even take his first step. The boy’s doctor recommended for the child to learn how to swim to help him coordinate the left side of his body.
The family doesn’t have a pool so they went to the local YMCA. They didn’t have a disabled swim class for kids and he wasn’t old enough to handle a standard swimming intro clas. She asked for accommodations but her requests were ignored other than a suggestion to come during open swim hours. However, the child has sensory sensitivities that would make open hours difficult.
They also tried to find a certified swim therapist, but the ones they found were only open during standard business hours and too far away to be useful to the family.
One of the reasons they’re so desperate to find a pool to start therapy is that the brain starts to trim back unused connections around 4-6 years of age. The best time to start water therapy for cerebral palsy is at a young age, but if there is no place for them to go then future therapy will be much more challenge.
In the meantime, the family is working on building a small therapy pool at home.