Can Stem Cells Offer Hope To Those With Cerebral Palsy?

Can Stem Cells Offer Hope To Those With Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a rare disorder that leads to reduced movement and muscle tone.  It is caused by abnormal brain development before birth.  Cerebral palsy does not look the same on every affected individual.  Some people with cerebral palsy can walk on their own, albeit a little different than normal, while others may need a special walker, or may not be able to walk at all.  While not common, amongst childhood motor issues, cerebral palsy is the most common of all.  Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure.  There is hope that stem cell therapy could provide hope for a cure in the future.

Many people diagnosed with cerebral palsy have other conditions as well.  Some of these include intellectual disability, scoliosis, seizures, or problems with vision.  The earliest signs of cerebral palsy can present when a child is only six months old.  As the child develops, the signs tend to become more and more clear.  While it is known that cerebral palsy is caused by some kind of disruption in brain development before birth, it is not known what exactly causes this disruption.  Poor maternal health is one of the causes believed to contribute to the development of cerebral palsy.  Also, infant illness, low birth weight, and premature birth have all shown some level of correlation to the disease. Unfortunately, because the exact cause is unknown, it is very difficult to find an adequate cure or treatment.

While cerebral palsy is difficult enough on its own, those suffering from the condition also suffer from a variety of related conditions as well.  This can include anything from mental health conditions to premature aging and malnutrition to heart and lung disease.  A physician makes the official cerebral palsy diagnosis after completing a battery of tests, scans, and reviewing the child’s patient history.  There is no singular treatment or cure for cerebral palsy.  Rather, treatments involve managing the symptoms of the condition.  This can include muscle and nerve injections, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and potential surgery.  In addition, there are a host of alternative therapies that have shown to help some patients.

While there is currently no cure for cerebral palsy, stem cell therapy has shown a lot of promise for helping those suffering from the condition.  It is believed that stem cells may have the ability to fix whatever damage was done to the brain that led to the condition.  There is still a significant amount of research that needs to be done on the use of stem cells for cerebral palsy.  However, stem cell therapy is one of the top contenders for treatments for those suffering from the condition.

Cerebral palsy is a difficult condition for the affected child to live with, and for their caretaker to help with.  While some people who have cerebral palsy are able to function on their own, many cerebral palsy patients need around the clock help.  Lack of a cure left those suffering from the condition feeling hopeless for a long time.  Fortunately, stem cell therapy is here to pave the way for a potential cure and improved quality of life for those who have cerebral palsy.

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