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Study Finds Botox Injections May Help Children With Cerebral Palsy

Posted on Apr 27, 2010
One of the greatest fears that all new parents have is learning that their newborn child has suffered a birth injury. Unfortunately, birth injuries occur more frequently than most people think.

One such birth injury found in children is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects movement and posture and occurs during the development of the fetus.

One of the effects of cerebral palsy that many victims face is spasticity, especially in the lower-limb region. Though, there is no cure for cerebral palsy, recent studies show benefits from the use of botulinum toxin (Botox) for those that do. Researchers have found that Botox injections improve the gait of children who suffer from tightened calf muscles as a result of spasticity.

Also, a 2009 study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, showed that Botox injections had a similar beneficial effect in adults who suffered from upper-limb spasticity as a result of a stroke.

Raising a child with cerebral palsy is challenging. In many cases, the birth injury was a result of negligence on the part of the doctor or hospital. Your family has rights and may be able to obtain compensation that will assist you with the lifetime financial obstacles of raising a child with cerebral palsy.

For more information, contact an experienced Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney at the law firm of Pschachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.

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