Hypertonic Cerebral Palsy

Hypertonic cerebral palsy is a classification of cerebral palsy types that are spastic or marked by rigid muscle tone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), the most common type of cerebral palsy (CP) is hypertonic cerebral palsy. It affects about 80 percent of cases.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions of the brain and nervous system that impairs functions like movement, cognition, sight, and possibly hearing. CP is a disability resulting from injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. CP is often associated with: low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia), prematurity, bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy, and severe jaundice. In some cases, these causes could be the result of improper or negligent medical care.

Signs of Hypertonic Cerebral Palsy

Some signs of hypertonic cerebral palsy may be seen early. It also can be months after birth before signs appear. Although hypertonic cerebral palsy cannot be cured, there are therapies and treatments available that may help to improve symptoms and maximize independence. If you suspect that your child might have hypertonic cerebral palsy, watch for the following signs:

  • There is too much tension in the muscles while the child is at rest
  • Movements are awkward
  • Muscles appear too tight and stiff
  • Muscles resist the child’s attempts to move
  • Without stretching and movement, muscles contract and freeze in place

Take Legal Action

If your child has hypertonic cerebral palsy and you suspect it was caused my improper or negligent medical care, call Sokolove Law today. Sokolove Law has over 30 years of experience representing families in birth injury cases resulting from substandard care. We have worked with many other parents to find answers and take the next steps in getting the financial compensation families need to plan for their child’s future. Our industry-leading nursing and legal teams are advocates that strive to make a difference in the lives of others. Call us today to learn more about hypertonic cerebral palsy.