Cerebral palsy is one of the most common motor disabilities, impacting approximately seventeen million people worldwide. This common condition affects the most basic actions that a person needs to perform on a daily basis, such as walking, talking, and eating. With a condition this prevalent and debilitating, it’s baffling that efficient and available support services for cerebral palsy are so hard to find.
Personalized Regenerative Medicine realizes the need for support services for cerebral palsy and offers a variety of treatments to help rehabilitate and treat those affected by the condition. As a result of our treatments, we have seen functional improvements and increased independence in many of our patients, and we want to bring these benefits to as many individuals as possible.
If you or a loved one has cerebral palsy, we encourage you to contact us in San Clemente so we can inform you of all of our available services for this condition. We look forward to the chance to help a patient achieve a new level of physical independence.
Just How Common Is Cerebral Palsy?
Studies have shown that in the United States alone, cerebral palsy will affect three out of every thousand children born. There are about seven hundred and fifty thousand diagnosed cases of cerebral palsy in the United States. With an incidence rate and prevalence this high, it’s a wonder that awareness of this condition is so low. We hope to not only provide patients with adequate services for cerebral palsy, but also to raise awareness and knowledge of the condition.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy To Occur?
Cerebral palsy is a condition that occurs early on in a patient’s life as a cause of structural damage to the white matter in their brain. The exact reason for this damage in unknown, but a few causes have been suggested over the years, like oxygen deprivation during fetal development and physical trauma during infancy.
White matter consists primarily of myelinated axons. An axon is a protrusion from a neuron that allows for communication between it and other parts of the brain. The axon being myelinated means that it is covered with a fatty, lipid layer that allows for easier conduction of electricity. In cerebral palsy, the myelinated layer is usually damaged, which leads to impeded signaling between the neurons. The result of this is an unresponsive network of brain cells and a slowed nervous system. Due to a hampered network of neurons, patients with cerebral palsy typically experience dampened sensory input, impaired motor functions, and difficulties with processing and retaining new information.
The Different Types of Cerebral Palsy
If you look at a list of the symptoms of cerebral palsy, you might see some seemingly contradictory symptoms, such as the difficulty of movement along with uncontrollable movement. This is because there are multiple types of cerebral palsy, each of them with their own unique assortment of symptoms. The two most common types of cerebral palsy are spastic and non-spastic. The reason why you’ll see contradictory symptoms in cerebral palsy is because those with the condition will typically experience a mixture of non-spastic and spastic symptoms. Those with spastic cerebral palsy typically experience jerky movements and stiff muscles while those with non-spastic cerebral palsy typically experience muscular atrophy and the inability to move.
Support Services For Cerebral Palsy
At Personalized Regenerative Medicine, our two major services for patients with cerebral palsy are stem cell treatments and physical therapy. Our physical therapy services focus on rehabilitating the patient through exercise routines while our stem cell treatments introduce new stem cells into the brain in the hopes of triggering a restorative process and healing the neurological damage that leads to cerebral palsy.
Physical Therapy For Cerebral Palsy
This is a great option for patients who want their rehabilitation process to not involve medication and surgery. Physical therapy involves a patient engaging in exercise routines to increase their independence of movement. Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of movement disorders that vary in symptom and severity, so the exercise routine will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient. If the patient’s case of cerebral palsy is mild, the exercise routine may involve helping them to accomplish more extensive physical tasks, like climbing a set of stairs. If the case is more severe, the routine may be focused on helping them to attain the strength to get into a wheelchair by themselves. Another consideration for the creation of the patient’s exercise routine will be whether they’re primarily affected by spastic or non-spastic symptoms. If they’re affected primarily by spastic symptoms, attaining balance and a proper gait may be the focus of their exercises, while patients with non-spastic symptoms may engage in routines focused more on endurance, and being able to move for extended periods of time.
Physical therapy is for patients who want to feel more engaged with the rehabilitation process. We will work with our patients every step of the way to make sure that they’re seeing improvements and aren’t being overexerted.
Stem Cell Therapy For Cerebral Palsy
Stem cell therapy utilizes stem cells to repair damaged brain cells and restore proper neurological function. A stem cell is an undifferentiated cell that has the ability to specialize into different types of cells when the body is in need of them. Stem cells are heavily involved with the embryonic development and the repair of bodily tissue.
The stem cells used for this therapy are harvested from the bone marrow. This is because the bone marrow contains multipotent stem cells, which are exceptional at specialization and self-renewal. After being harvested, the stem cells are injected intravenously into the brain, in hopes of them taking on the function of the damaged brain cells to help alleviate some of the symptoms of cerebral palsy.
Are Either Of These Services Right For Me?
The appropriateness of these services for you as a patient can only be determined after a scheduled consultation appointment, which you can set up at your leisure. Your medical history, your current state of health, and goals for the treatment will be the primary topics of discussion during this consultation, and if the practitioner performing this consultation finds that neither of these services is appropriate for you as a patient, they’ll discuss alternatives.
Please contact us in San Clemente and let us inform you about our available support services for cerebral palsy.