How MMJ Health can help Cerebral Palsy Patients
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture in different parts of the body. It is the most common motor disability among children and many have co-existing conditions. Depending on how the condition is managed, motor skills can improve or decline over time. Doctors classify cerebral palsy according to the type of movement disorder involved.
What causes Cerebral Palsy?
Types of Cerebral Palsy
What are the early warning signs of Cerebral Palsy?
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of CP can vary from person to person. A severe case of cerebral palsy may cause some to have to use special equipment to be able to walk or may lose the ability to walk altogether. Whereas, a mild case of cerebral palsy might present as an awkward gait and not require any special assistance. Cerebral palsy does not get worse with time, though the symptoms may change over the course of a person’s life.
While all patients with CP will have problems with movement and posture, symptoms and related conditions can also include:
Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy
Usually, cerebral palsy is diagnosed between 18 months and 5 years of age. Parents are the first to notice developmental delays that could indicate CP. But everyone develops at their own pace, so it may take time to get a concrete diagnosis of cerebral palsy as doctors often hesitate to make it until further observation.
Doctors may use different imaging technology to confirm and properly diagnose cerebral palsy like:
What can a Florida Medical Marijuana clinic do for Cerebral Palsy?
Research regarding the use of medical cannabis as a treatment for cerebral palsy symptoms is limited, but findings may suggest that it can offer benefits for pain management, reduction of spastic movements, tremors and seizures, and possibly much more.
In a 2011 pain treatment study, patients diagnosed with CP tested different types of treatment to manage their symptoms. According to the paper, the treatment rated highest in relieving pain was medical marijuana. In addition, the few studies completed on the use of medical marijuana for spastic quadriplegia show promising indications that it may offer numerous benefits including helping control the spastic movements those with cerebral palsy struggle with.
Under Amendment 2, cerebral palsy may be a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card in Florida.
If you are currently suffering from cerebral palsy and would like to talk to our certified Florida Marijuana doctors, you can book an appointment and come to any of our 10 convenient MMJ Health locations.