At The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual meting held this past weekend in San Francisco, researchers revealed exciting new cerebral palsy findings. This research referred to as “whole body vibration therapy” (“WBVT”) has been shown to increase bone strength among adolescents who have cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by brain damage at or around the time of birth. The condition can affect both an individual’s physical movements as well as his or her cognitive development. People who have cerebral palsy often have difficulty moving their limbs, affecting their ability to walk, their posture and their balance and coordination. Other symptoms may include delayed cognitive development, as well as abnormal hearing and eyesight.
Although not all of causes behind cerebral palsy are known, it has been linked to medical mistakes at birth that deprive an infant of oxygen. This may occur when a baby is exhibiting signs of fetal distress and a physician or other health professional fails to act quickly enough to remedy the situation such as by performing an immediate Cesarean Section. If you believe that your child may have suffered an injury at birth as the result of physician error, it is important to consult with a dedicated California birth injury attorney right away.
The new research provides hope to parents and patients who suffer from this debilitating condition. WBVT has been linked to increasing bone and muscle strength among people affected by cerebral palsy. Patients stand on a machine that moves the body. The movement creates pelvic tilting similar to that while walking.
After completing the therapy, research found that leg and spine bone-mineral density increased, as did muscle mass in the legs. Participants were also able to walk much further in a designated period of time after they completed the therapy than before.