Stem Cells & HBOT to Treat Cerebral Palsy
Pluripotent Stem Cell
Our main treatment for Cerebral Palsy is our Unique Pluripotent Stem Cells which have shown to greatly improve Neurological Impairments and issues caused by Cerebral Palsy. The improvements are seen through the ability of our world-leading and patented Pluripotent Stem Cells to repair damage to the nervous system.
Pluripotent Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy has been proven to be more effective compared with alternative types of Stem Cells used by other treatment providers. Pluripotent Stem Cells can change into any of the 220 cell types that exist within the human body, so this Non-Differentiating ability of our Pluripotent Stem Cells has led us to use them extensively in the treatment of several Neurodegenerative and Neurological Disorders. During Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatments, the patient’s Neural Stem Cell Production is markedly increased within the brain which then produces new Neurons and Glial Cells. Through this process, new connections within the brain are created.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
For more than a decade, there has been an increasingly growing interest in the medical world regarding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Although this form of treatment is not officially recognized as a treatment option for cerebral palsy, many clinical studies have shown a great deal of success and in turn, there are numerous healthcare providers across the world that offer this form of treatment.
The benefits of HBOT therapy in children with cerebral palsy currently has mixed results. Yet, many healthcare providers feel that HBOT will be the future of Cerebral Palsy treatment. Most providers agree that HBOT works best for children who developed cerebral palsy due to a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen, rather than a genetic or developmental cause.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is a movement disorder which appears during early childhood. Often symptoms include stiff and weak muscles, poor coordination and tremors. There may also be problems with vision, hearing and sensation. Cerebral Palsy can be caused by a multitude of factors including; premature birth, infection in the uterus, lack of nutritional support during development, lack of oxygen at the time of birth as well as Genetic aberrations.
While the cause of Cerebral Palsy is dependent on a number of factors, the disorder consistently leads to various Neuro-Motor Deficits, often accompanied by other symptoms, such as visual and cognitive impairments.
Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment involves the administering of Stem Cells intravenously. During Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment, the patient’s Neural Stem Cell Production is increased markedly within the brain. This then creates new Neurons and Glial Cells and, following this, new connections within the brain are created. The end result is better cognitive functioning. Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy tends to be more effective the earlier a patient is treated but has been seen to work at any age.
Years of internal Stem Cell research into Cerebral Palsy and the results experienced by our patients have identified very positive outcomes following the conclusion of Stem Cell Cerebral Palsy Treatment.
Whilst analysis of the benefits of Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy is very new in the scientific research field, external findings support our own. With recent research pointing towards the usefulness and value of using Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy. One such study conducted on the effects of Stem Cell Treatment with 17 severe Cerebral Palsy patients identified that most displayed significant improvements and in 27% of patients the improvements were so significant to the point where they were becoming almost independent.
Cerebral Palsy mainly affects how the brain controls the muscles and movement. Sometimes it can also affect other ways the brain works, such as how we see, hear, communicate, feel, understand and think. Cerebral Palsy is caused when a problem occurs in the development of a baby’s brain before, during or soon after they are born. The brain can’t send messages to different parts of the body properly, and this causes problems with things like balance, movement and coordination, talking, chewing and swallowing. Everyone with Cerebral Palsy is affected differently, symptoms vary widely and the effects can range from minor problems to severe disability. Around 1 in 3 children with Cerebral Palsy have epilepsy (see where can I find out more?).
Although there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, the problem in the brain that causes it does not get worse over time. But as a child grows and develops, the effects of Cerebral Palsy may change over time. Treatment and support can be given to help children and young people cope with their symptoms and become as independent as possible.
Signs and symptoms generally appear during infancy or preschool years and vary greatly between individuals. Disability can be on one side of the body or affect the whole body. Signs and symptoms can vary greatly. Movement and coordination problems associated with Cerebral Palsy.
Movement and coordination problems:
- Variations in muscle tone, such as being either too stiff or too floppy
- Stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity)
- Stiff muscles with normal reflexes (rigidity)
- Lack of balance and muscle coordination (ataxia)
- Tremors or involuntary movements
- Slow, writhing movements
- Delays in reaching motor skills milestones, such as pushing up on arms, sitting up or crawling
- Favouring one side of the body, such as reaching with one hand or dragging a leg while crawling
- Difficulty walking, such as walking on toes, a crouched gait, a scissors-like gait with knees crossing, a wide gait or an asymmetrical gait
- Excessive drooling or problems with swallowing
- Difficulty with sucking or eating
- Delays in speech development or difficulty speaking
- Learning difficulties
- Difficulty with fine motor skills, such as buttoning clothes or picking up utensils
- Hearing and vision problems
- Abnormal touch and pain sensations
- Intellectual disabilities
- Mental disorders
- Urinary incontinence
Cerebral Palsy can affect the whole body, or it might be limited primarily to one limb or one side of the body. The brain disorder causing Cerebral Palsy doesn’t change with time, so the symptoms usually don’t worsen with age. However, as a child gets older, some symptoms might become more or less apparent. And muscle shortening and muscle rigidity can worsen if not treated aggressively. Brain abnormalities associated with Cerebral Palsy might also contribute to other neurological problems.
Causes Of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is caused by an abnormality or disruption in brain development, most often before a child is born. In many cases, the cause isn’t known. Factors that can lead to problems with brain development include:
- Gene mutations that lead to abnormal development
- Maternal infections that affect the developing fetus
- Fetal stroke, a disruption of blood supply to the developing brain
- Bleeding into the brain in the womb or as a newborn
- Infant infections that cause inflammation in or around the brain
- Traumatic head injury to an infant from a motor vehicle accident or fall
- Lack of oxygen to the brain related to difficult labour or delivery, although birth-related asphyxia is much less commonly a cause than historically thought
Certain infections or toxic exposures during pregnancy can significantly increase the Cerebral Palsy risk to the baby. Infections of particular concern include:
- Cytomegalovirus. This common virus causes flu-like symptoms and can lead to birth defects if a mother has her first active infection during pregnancy.
- German measles (rubella). This viral infection can be prevented with a vaccine.
- Herpes. This can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy, affecting the womb and placenta. Inflammation triggered by infection can damage the unborn baby’s developing nervous system.
- Syphilis. This is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection.
- Toxoplasmosis. This infection is caused by a parasite found in contaminated food, soil and the feces of infected cats.
- Zika virus infection. Infants for whom maternal Zika infection causes their head size to be smaller than normal (microcephaly) can develop Cerebral Palsy.
- Other conditions. Other conditions that can increase the risk of cerebral palsy include thyroid problems, intellectual disabilities or seizures, and exposure to toxins, such as methyl mercury.
Illnesses in a new born baby that can greatly increase the risk of Cerebral Palsy include:
- Bacterial meningitis. This bacterial infection causes inflammation in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
- Viral encephalitis. This viral infection similarly causes inflammation in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
- Severe or untreated jaundice. Jaundice appears as a yellowing of the skin. The condition occurs when certain by products of “used” blood cells aren’t filtered from the bloodstream.
- Bleeding into the brain. This condition is commonly caused by the baby having a Stroke in the womb.
Other factors of pregnancy and birth
While the potential contribution from each is limited, additional pregnancy or birth factors associated with increased Cerebral Palsy risk include:
- Breech presentation. Babies with Cerebral Palsy are more likely to be in this feet-first position at the beginning of labour rather than being headfirst.
- Low birth weight. Babies who weigh less than 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms) are at higher risk of developing Cerebral Palsy. This risk increases as birth weight drop.
- Multiple babies. Cerebral Palsy risk increases with the number of babies sharing the uterus. If one or more of the babies die, the survivors’ risk of Cerebral Palsy increases.
- Premature birth. Babies born fewer than 28 weeks into the pregnancy are at higher risk of Cerebral Palsy. The earlier a baby is born, the greater the Cerebral Palsy risk.
Diagnosis for Cerebral palsy
Signs and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy can become more apparent over time, so a diagnosis might not be made until a few months after birth.
If your family doctor or paediatrician suspects your child has Cerebral Palsy, he or she will evaluate your child’s signs and symptoms, monitor growth and development, review your child’s medical history, and conduct a physical exam. Your doctor might refer you to a specialist trained in treating children with brain and nervous system conditions (paediatric neurologist, paediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, or child developmental specialist).
Your doctor might also order a series of tests to make a diagnosis and rule out other possible causes.
Brain-imaging technologies can reveal areas of damage or abnormal development in the brain. These tests might include the following:
- MRI. An MRI scan uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed 3D or cross-sectional images of your child’s brain. An MRI can often identify lesions or abnormalities in your child’s brain. This test is painless, but it’s noisy and can take up to an hour to complete. Your child will likely receive a sedative or light general anaesthesia beforehand.
- Cranial ultrasound. This can be performed during infancy. Cranial ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the brain. An ultrasound doesn’t produce a detailed image, but it may be used because it’s quick and inexpensive, and it can provide a valuable preliminary assessment of the brain.
If your child is suspected of having seizures, an EEG can evaluate the condition further. Seizures can develop in a child with epilepsy. In an EEG test, a series of electrodes are attached to your child’s scalp.
The EEG records the electrical activity of your child’s brain. It’s common for there to be changes in normal brain wave patterns in epilepsy.
Treatments for Cerebral Palsy
Here at Poseidonia Healthcare, we offer a full range of treatments for Cerebral Palsy, here are a few benefits of the more popular treatments:
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy can greatly improve Neurological Impairments and Problems caused by this condition. The improvements are seen through the ability of our world-leading and patented Pluripotent Stem Cells to repair damage to the nervous system.
Pluripotent Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy has been proven to be more effective compared with alternative types of Stem Cells used by other treatment providers. Pluripotent Stem Cells can change into any of the 220 cell types that exist within the human body so this Non-Differentiating ability of our Pluripotent Stem Cells has led us to use them extensively in the treatment of several Neurodegenerative and Neurological Disorders. During Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatments, the patient’s Neural Stem Cell production is markedly increased within the brain which then produces new Neurons and Glial Cells. Through this process, new connections within the brain are created.
Cerebral Palsy disrupts the brain’s ability to control the movement of the body’s muscles and is the result of damage to different motor areas of the developing brain due to a lack of blood flow (oxygen). When a baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen for several minutes at a time during delivery, it can lead to swelling in the brain and tissue death.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy seeks to remedy this by increasing the amount of oxygen in the new-born’s blood by up to 2000 percent, which increases the amount of oxygen in the actual cells of the body. Proponents of HBOT claim that this increase in oxygen helps white blood cells kill bacteria, reduce swelling in the brain, and helps new blood vessels grow in damaged areas.
HBOT has been shown to aid in tissue swelling, and some experts believe that secondary (dormant) areas of the brain may be revived through this form of therapy. There is evidence that shows HBOT can work for Stroke patients, and several families have claimed that HBOT helped their child in areas such as spasticity, vision, and speech.
Our main treatment for Cerebral Palsy is our Unique Pluripotent Stem Cells which have shown to greatly improve Neurological Impairments and issues caused by Cerebral Palsy.
The improvements are seen through the ability of our world leading and patented Pluripotent Stem Cells to repair damage to the nervous system.
Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment involves the administering of Stem Cells intravenously. During Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment, the patient’s Neural Stem Cell Production is increased markedly within the brain. This then creates new Neurons and Glial Cells and, following this, new connections within the brain are created.
The end result is better cognitive functioning. Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy tends to be more effective the earlier a patient is treated but has been seen to work at any age.
Cerebral palsy is classified according to the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS). The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe developed the GMFCS as a universal standard for determining the physical capabilities of people with CP.
The system focuses on: the ability to sit, the capability for movement and mobility, charting independence and the use of adaptive technology.
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