What is Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of cerebral palsy, according to multiple studies including figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This type of cerebral palsy is characterized by difficulty moving limbs or maintaining control over muscles that affect a person’s posture. However, depending on the extent of the cerebral palsy, these mobility issues may manifest differently on a case-by-case basis.

Types of Spastic Cerebral Palsy

A child born with cerebral palsy may develop a variety of motor disabilities because of the neuromuscular damage associated with spastic cerebral palsy. These disabilities can take the following forms:

  • Spastic hemiplegia, which affects a lateral half of the body
  • Spastic monoplegia, which affects one limb
  • Spastic diplegia, which affects the lower half of the body
  • Spastic triplegia, which affects three limbs
  • Spastic quadriplegia, which affects all limbs

Spastic cerebral palsy does not necessarily indicate paralysis, but a child’s muscles may be caught in a state of contraction or inflexibility that makes movement too difficult or painful to actively maintain. For example, it may be possible for a child with spastic quadriplegia to attempt to walk, but the process may be too difficult for him or her to sustain this movement.

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If your child has developed cerebral palsy because of a doctor’s negligent care before, during, or after birth, there may be legal options available to help your family pursue compensation for your child’s disability needs. For a free consultation about the first steps towards fighting for compensation, contact a cerebral palsy birth injury lawyer from the Driscoll Firm today by calling (800) 305-9800.

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