Forms of Cerebral Palsy: Dipleigia
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Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
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Cerebral Palsy
Diplegia

Diplegia is a form of CP primarily affecting the legs. Most children with CP will also have some problem with their arms but with Diplegia they are less involved and less severe. Most children with diplegia have spasticity, and have difficulty with balance and coordination. Delayed muscle growth and spasticity cause their leg muscles to be short, and as a result the range of motion can decrease as a child grows and the joints become stiff. The feet and ankles present more problems than the knees due to a short tight Achilles tendon, which can lead to toe walking. There is risk that the hips may become dislocated and for this reason, the child’s hips must be closely monitored.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

There are different classifications for the degree of severity of disability for children with a diplegic form of CP: mild, moderate and severe. A child with mild diplegia can walk without the use of aids, has a normal tolerance for walking and can keep up with non-disabled children of a similar age in activities where walking is involved. A child with moderate diplegia is able to walk for most daily activities although he or she may choose to use an aid at times such as crutches or a walker. Where lengthy walking is involved such as a trip to a zoo, amusement park or shopping mall, the child with moderate involvement would need the use of a wheelchair. A child with severe involvement would require an aid for even walking small distances and will only walk on level ground in uncrowded areas. A wheelchair is used when getting around in public.

Diplegia, like other forms of CP, is hard to detect early on. Warning sings may include stiff lower extremities or floppiness of the limbs that turn stiff later. There are no tests or scans that can detect CP, and it has to be diagnosed based on motor movement.

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Forms of Cerebral Palsy: atheloid, ataxic, mixed, and spastic.