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Medical Device That May Help Relieve Pain Related To Cerebral PalsyFor many of the estimated 800,000 people in the U.S. living with cerebral palsy, life can be difficult and often painful. Due to their disorder, people who have cerebral palsy can have a wide assortment of physical and mental challenges that they are forced to manage throughout their lives. Although there is no cure, breakthroughs in medications and therapy can help with many of the symptoms and reduce the pain and dysfunction associated with the condition.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP), put simply, is a brain condition that impairs motor function in the body. There are different types and a wide variety of symptoms, varying from mild to severe. Some symptoms of the various types can be seizures, muscle tightness and spasms, mental retardation, and many other maladies. The causes for the disorder are generally attributed to brain abnormalities that can happen before birth or within the first two years of development, due to lack of oxygen, infection, brain trauma and other complications.

Malpractice In Childbirth Linked to Cerebral Palsy CasesMedical malpractice harming adults is tragic enough, but each year brain injury at birth causes life-long disabilities. Cerebral palsy at birth can be related to prenatal issues, but some causes are the direct responsibility of the professionals performing the delivery.

Unnecessary use of delivery tools.

Delivery forceps and vacuum extractors can be medically necessary, but some doctors recommend their use when a natural childbirth will do the job. Others use the tools too forcefully. Either case can lead to brain injuries and cerebral palsy. In some cases, the necessity of the tool indicates earlier problems the doctor might have identified earlier.