Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of cerebral palsy. It affects nearly 80 percent of patients.
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The muscles of people with spastic cerebral palsy are tightened and cannot relax, especially the flexor muscles. These are the muscles that allow you to contract your arms, for example. The harder the patient or someone else tries to straighten the muscle, the more it tightens. When this happens, the elbows are pulled in to the body and the wrists and hands are pulled upward towards the chin and tightened into fists.
In the legs, spasticity pulls on the inner thighs or adductor muscles. These muscles pull the parts of the body towards its center or midline as when the arms are pulled to the sides of the body or a person’s legs pull together. In fact, these muscles pull the legs inward so much that they can cross over each other. The strong pull on the legs causes them to rotate inward. This can lead to abnormal growth of the hip socket and cause the hip to dislocate.
The relentless pull on the muscles in the legs also weakens the extensor muscles or those muscles that extend the legs. These muscles become stretched so much that some of their ability to function is lost. Spasticity affects the flexor muscles in the calves, pulling the heels up and pushing the toes down. These children often walk on their toes.
Spasticity is also associated with other conditions, including an exaggerated startle response, some mental retardation, and impaired breathing. Sometimes, because they remain constantly upright, some patients with spastic cerebral palsy develop a curvature of the spine since the muscles that normally support the spine fail to develop correctly.
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