Types of Cerebral Palsy

Those affected by cerebral palsy endure difficult medical, social and educational development due to uncontrollable movement of their muscles. There are 4 main general types of cerebral palsy that help categorize specific cases of cerebral palsy: Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, and Mixed Cerebral Palsy.

Spastic Cerebral Palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy and accounts for majority of all cerebral palsy cases. Children diagnosed with Spastic Cerebral Palsy have stiff, jerky, and limited movement do to tight muscle groups. They have a difficult time moving from one position to another and letting go of objects.

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy accounts for about 10% of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy and this type of cerebral palsy occurs when some sort of damage occurs to the cerebellum or bascal ganglia. These areas of the brain are responsible for processing smooth and coordinated movement signals, but if they are damaged, the muscles will fluctuate from being too weak and too tight. This leads to involuntary movements in the face and arms making it difficult holding their posture, speaking, reaching, grabbing, and eating.

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is a rare form of cerebral palsy that accounts for only 5-10% of cerebral palsy cases. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy occurs when the muscles are too weak affecting balance, coordination, and depth perception. Children diagnosed with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy will usually be shaky and have unsteady coordination walking.

Mixed Cerebral Palsy is when children experience any combination of muscle problems as listed above.

All four types of cerebral palsy can be a result of medical negligence and malpractice. If you feel that your child has acquired cerebral palsy, contact 1-800-CP-NEEDS for a Free consultation of your case.

Other Birth Related Injuries

A birth injury can be classified as any type of damage to an infant's body during pregnancy, delivery or just after birth. Complications throughout the pregnancy, labor and delivery can be at risk to a wide range of injuries.

Some common types of birth injuries include, but are not limited to: temporary paralysis, cerebral palsy, brain damage, Erb's Palsy and Brachial Palsy. Erb's Palsy, also known as Brachial Plexus Paralysis, is a condition where some type of damage occurs to 1 or all 5 primary nerves that supply movement and sensation to the arm. Click here to find out more information about Erb's Palsy.

Under certain circumstances, birth injuries can be caused by mistakes from doctors, hospitals, or other medical professionals. If you feel that your child's birth injury was caused by medical negligence and malpractice, contact 1-800-CP-NEEDS today for a Free consultation of your case.