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    cerebral palsy (ICP)

Disease pattern with many faces

What exactly is infantile cerebral palsy?

Infantile cerebral palsy (ICP) describes early childhood brain damage, which leads to disorders of posture, movement and co-ordination. It can be caused in the womb as well as during or after birth due to lack of oxygen.

The severity of the disorders is specific to each ICP patient. Muscles in arms and/or legs may be affected in different forms. While many children have only mild symptoms, spastic paralysis can also occur in some cases. The resulting motor function difficulties often go hand in hand with additional impairments of the sensory organs and therefore related to communication, recording and behavior.

Synonymous with the term infantile cerebral palsy, the designations infantile paralysis, infantile cerebral palsy, or cerebral palsy can also be used.

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Why use orthoses for treatment?

In addition to medical and physiotherapeutic treatment, orthopedic care plays an important role when it comes to the therapy of ICP. An orthosis acts as a support pillar that maintains the result achieved through surgical or conservative treatment.

Further objectives of orthotic treatment include:

  • Improvement of impaired functions
  • Correction of misalignments
  • Muscle tone regulation
  • Protection of vulnerable regions
  • Prevention of impending deformities
  • Cosmetic improvements

Because every patient is different, we create an individual treatment concept for you that is tailored precisely to your requirements and special needs. The fact that infantile cerebral palsy involves long-term (but by no means unalterable) damage, as the postural and movement disorders change with growth and development, long-term support becomes necessary.

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Aschau Children’s Clinic

The Orthopedic Children’s Clinic in Aschau is one of the largest specialist clinics for pediatric orthopedics in Central Europe.

Interdisciplinary treatment approach

When it comes to orthopedic treatment for infants and children, it is extremely important for all parties to pull together: parents, doctors, technicians and therapists.

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Physiotherapists support the individual care of our little patients at our headquarters and all of our branches.

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We have the solution

Finger, hand and arm deformities may occur individually or in combination in ICP patients. Most children also have foot malformations. Spastic drop foot is one of the most common deformities for which orthotic treatment is advised. But club foot, knee flection spasticity and hip adductive spasticity can also be treated very well with orthoses.

Our aids are individual building blocks of the medical and therapeutic treatment concept. Surprising results for ICP patients can be achieved in combination with physiotherapy and rehabilitation aids.

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Study: Drop foot treatment

Dynamic drop foot is one of the most common motor impairments in children suffering from infantile cerebral palsy.

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Positioning systems

Sleep comfortably with ICP

In particular, those with cerebral palsy in GMFCS classes IV and V often cannot change the position they are lying in on their own. This creates positional (=position-related) deformities in patients with infantile cerebral palsy.

Individual positioning systems passively support the patient’s lying positions. They stop increasing deformity developments and enable one or more comfortable, tone-regulating positions. They also help to avoid pressure marks.

Cold and blue extremities in ICP patients

Why does my child get "cold feet"?

Infantile cerebral palsy (ICP) affects several functional systems. Motor skills disorders, perception, speech, and seizure susceptibility are commonly known. However, incorrect control of the autonomic nervous system, which controls vital functions such as heartbeat, breathing or metabolism, is less important in therapy. However, the quality of life and well-being of those affected are strongly influenced by the effects of incorrect control. Such effects manifest themselves in rhythm disturbances of sleep and breathing, increased sweating and salivation, as well as reduced skin circulation and temperature regulation.

If ICP patients have cold or blue feet, the reasons for this are often not due to unsuitable footwear, but rather have completely different causes:

  • Changed motor skills, increased muscular tension
  • Immobility
  • Body temperature regulation disturbance, circulation disturbance
  • Disturbance of the hypothalamic hypophysis axis