Ataxic cerebral palsy is a permanent condition that children either are born with or develop later on. CP is a disorder affecting muscle movement and control, and ataxic CP is a type of CP that leads particularly to balance issues. Parents in Texas should know its symptoms, causes and treatments.
Children with ataxic CP may, for example, walk with their feet spread farther apart than normal. Their walking may also appear to be jerky. As with all types of CP, ataxic CP can lead to learning, speech, hearing and eating disorders.
Ataxic CP is usually the result of an injury to the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance and coordinates movements. The problem may, in turn, be the result of an injury or condition acquired during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Perhaps the baby suffered from an infection, a stroke, untreated jaundice or an injury from birth-assisting tools. Ataxic CP has also been linked to shaken baby syndrome on some occasions.
The condition may be diagnosed through tests like EEGs, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds. Doctors can treat ataxic CP through physical therapy, occupational therapy, some surgeries and a special nutritional plan. Children may also require leg braces or a walker in addition to medicine for dealing with muscle pain.
Parents of a child who has been injured through the negligence of doctors may have a medical malpractice case. If they are successful, they might be compensated for past medical bills and for the cost of therapy, medicine and other long-term necessities. Malpractice claims end in some of the highest settlements in the entire field of personal injury law, so parents may want an attorney on their case. If a settlement cannot be achieved, the attorney may proceed to litigation.