Providing Life-Changing Cerebral Palsy Treatment 

Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common physical disabilities in children. This condition affects motor function, which can limit movement and muscle capabilities. Dr. Peter Nakaji is an experienced, board-certified neurosurgeon who can provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for your child in Phoenix, AZ. He understands the difficulties this condition can create for patients and their families and always strives to provide compassionate, effective care. Dr. Nakaji's use of advanced technology and his superior surgical abilities have allowed him to implement successful cerebral palsy treatment, helping many patients live with their condition.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive disorder that can be managed if treated properly. This condition occurs when there is abnormal development or damage to the part of the brain that controls motor function which can cause loss or impairment of:

  • Body movement
  • Muscle control
  • Oral motor functioning 
  • Posture 
  • Reflexes
  • Muscle tone
  • Balance 

If cerebral palsy develops due to birthing complications, it can become apparent during infancy or early childhood. However, the condition can also be acquired any time within the first five years of birth.  

Dr. Nakaji can use his vast knowledge and resources to help your family diagnose and treat cerebral palsy. 

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

The majority of cerebral palsy cases are caused by development issues and injuries that occur before or during birth. This condition occur as a result of: 

  • Epilepsy
  • Head injuries
  • Stroke
  • Malnutrition
  • Central nervous system infections
  • Heavy metal ingestion
  • Asphyxiation 
  • Untreated jaundice

The cause and location of damage will determine how cerebral palsy manifests. 

Symptoms

There are four types of cerebral palsy known as spastic, athetoid or dyskinetic, and ataxic that can lead to a varying degree of symptoms. Jerky reflexes, still muscles, or exaggerated reflexes are characteristic of a spastic condition. Athetoid or dyskinetic muscle issues include tremors and shakiness, involuntary reflexes, variation in muscle tone, as well as slow, writhing movements. If your or your child suffers from an ataxic condition, they may experience lack of coordination, difficulty with balance, and limited control over fine motor skills. Some cerebral palsy cases can be described as mixed type which is characteristic of multiple brain injuries resulting in any combination of these symptoms. 

Patients suffering from cerebral palsy may also exhibit respiratory problems, mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavior problems, sensory issues, and scoliosis. Dr. Nakaji can use his vast knowledge and resources to help your family diagnose and treat cerebral palsy. 

Diagnosis

Using advanced technology such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we can evaluate the location and extensiveness of any existing brain damage. While these scans can allow us to draw inferences as to the cause of the condition, it is not always possible to reach a definite conclusion. Each case of cerebral palsy is different but we are confident that we can accurately determine the best course of action to provide relief. 

Photo of an MRI machine

Managing the Condition 

While cerebral palsy cannot be cured, we can provide you with effective treatment to manage the condition. Dr. Nakaji is able to perform a wide range of brain surgery procedures and can apply his surgical experience to target the symptoms. Medications can be used to control seizures, relieve pain, and relax muscle spasms. To minimize the effects of the condition, speech or physical therapy as well as additional surgeries to release tight muscles may also be recommended. 

Treating Cerebral Palsy with Dr. Nakaji

All patients are provided with state-of-the-art care when treated by Dr. Nakaji. He has dedicated his career to excelling at surgical and medicinal treatment of neurological conditions and can help you and your loved ones experience a better quality of life. If you would like your family to receive the best cerebral palsy management, contact us online or call (602) 406-4808 to speak with our friendly staff. 

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