Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

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Explaining Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

One of the most common and unfortunate results of a mistake made by medical care providers during the childbirth process is the contraction of cerebral palsy. This condition is almost always the result of some sort of injury to the brain, and there are several forms of cerebral palsy in existence. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy in any form because of what you believe was a mistake made during the delivery process, seek the help of experienced New York birth injury lawyers as soon as possible. In the meantime, below is an overview of a form of this condition known as ataxic cerebral palsy.

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Defined

Ataxic cerebral palsy is a rare form of the condition, as only about 5 – 10 percent of children diagnosed with this condition suffer from ataxic cerebral palsy. This form of cerebral palsy results from damage that’s done to the cerebellum, which forms the base of the brain. The cerebellum’s main functions include managing motor skills and coordination between the muscle groups in the body, and when this area of the brain is damaged, these skills can be extremely difficult to master if not completely impossible.

Symptoms of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

Every individual can be affected by ataxic cerebral palsy in different ways. Generally, though, someone with this specific form of cerebral palsy will have difficulty walking with a normal gait, which means that they are forced to walk with their feet wide apart. Therefore, sufferers of this condition will ultimately suffer from weakened muscles that are not properly developed because they are not used while moving.

In addition, sufferers of ataxic cerebral palsy are known to endure regular bouts with tremors in their hands and arms. These tremors have come to be known by some as intention tremors, as they often appear when someone is attempting to handle what would otherwise be a basic task such as getting dressed or eating. These tasks can be all but impossible when the hands and arms are shaking.

Treatments for Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

As is the case with every other form of this condition, there is no cure for ataxic cerebral palsy. Ongoing therapy and some forms of medication can be effective in terms of minimizing the outward symptoms that the patient endures such as the intention tremors, but for the most part a person who suffers from this condition will be forced to learn to manage it throughout their lives.

If your child has been diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy and you’re concerned that it was the result of a mistake made during the delivery process, you owe it to yourself and your child to seek the advice of experienced New York birth injury attorneys who have been holding those responsible for these diagnoses accountable for nearly 40 years. Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.




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