Cerebral Palsy in Miami, FL
WeMind Institute specializes in pediatric neurological care, as well as treatment for headaches and migraines, testing for ADHD, and children with autism. We offer diagnostic services for pediatric cerebral palsy for children and their parents who live in Miami, Doral, the greater Miami area, and the surrounding areas of Florida.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy describes a group of conditions that affect a child’s ability to develop muscle mass and proper posture, and the condition also affects mobility in children. There are four cerebral palsy types:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Approximately 80% of cerebral palsy cases in children are spastic cerebral palsy. It is typically an indication of a disorder in the motor cortex or pyramidal tracts of the brain. The motor cortex controls voluntary motion, and the pyramidal tracts help with signals to the muscles.
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy: In mixed cerebral palsy, the child has damage to several areas of the brain. The damage may be caused by multiple injuries. Mixed cerebral palsy accounts for approximately 10% of the cases in children.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: Another type of cerebral palsy that accounts for approximately 10% of cases is athetoid cerebral palsy, also known as “non-spastic.” Children with this type of cerebral palsy experience changes in muscle tone, fluctuating between too little muscle mass to a high level of muscle mass.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy and have difficulties with coordination and balance typically have ataxic cerebral palsy. The children may also have problems with voluntary movements. This type of cerebral palsy is linked to damage in the cerebellum.
How Much Does Treatment for Cerebral Palsy Cost?
WeMind Institute accepts most medical insurances for cerebral palsy treatment. Our patient coordinator reviews your coverage and explains any out-of-pocket costs that you may incur, such as co-payments, deductibles, and co-insurance.
What Are Known Cerebral Palsy Causes in Children?
Cerebral palsy symptoms are linked to damage in one or more areas of the brain. The child’s symptoms help to determine which area of the brain is affected. Some studies indicate that premature birth increases the risk of cerebral palsy.
What Are Some Cerebral Palsy Symptoms?
Symptoms of cerebral palsy vary based on the type of condition. Some of the common symptoms are:
- Trouble speaking
- Difficulty moving the limbs and body
- Eyesight problems
- Problems walking
- Stiffness of the body
- Difficulty eating
- Limp limbs
- Poor posture
- Chronically tight muscles
- Problems with balance and coordination
What is Involved in Pediatric Cerebral Palsy Treatment?
A cerebral palsy diagnosis is made through a series of observations of the child and imaging tests of the brain. The child may also be evaluated for developmental factors compared to baselines of children who are known not to have cerebral palsy. Treatment aims to improve quality of life and independence to the degree possible.
Why Choose WeMind Institute for Pediatric Neurology Treatment?
WeMind Institute works with children from birth to approximately 22 years old. Dr. Vasconcellos is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in pediatric neurology and headache medicine for families in Miami, Doral, the greater Miami area, and the surrounding communities in Florida. We also specialize in pediatric headaches and migraines, testing for ADHD, and working with children who have autism. WeMind Institute is known for offering the QbTest to diagnose ADHD, and we link parents with supplemental community programs for children with neurological disorders, including scholarships and school programs.
Dr. Elza Vasconcellos is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in pediatric neurology and headache medicine for families in Miami, Doral, the greater Miami area, and the surrounding communities in Florida. Contact us today to learn more about our pediatric cerebral palsy services and schedule an appointment.