Cerebral Palsy Specialist

Enhance Center

Ayman Tarabishy, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Livonia, MI

Nearly 10,000 babies born in the United States have cerebral palsy. At Enhance Center in Livonia, Michigan, Ayman Tarabishy, MD, is highly experienced in treating muscle dysfunction and addressing cerebral palsy-related pain. With several treatment options, ranging from medications to anesthetic injections, Dr. Tarabishy can help enhance your quality of life. Learn more about treatment options available for cerebral palsy by calling the office or book an appointment online today.

Cerebral Palsy

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that develops as a result of immature brain development, affecting muscle movement, muscle tone, and posture. Muscles throughout the entire body can be affected, making it difficult to swallow or keep your eyes focused in the same area.

The condition can cause abnormal reflexes, rigid or floppy limbs, and display involuntary movements. In many cases, walking becomes challenging

What causes cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy results from a disruption in the development of the brain, typically before birth. The factors that may influence an increased risk for cerebral palsy include:

  • Gene mutations
  • Fetal strokes
  • Brain inflammation
  • Lack of oxygen

When should I seek an evaluation for cerebral palsy?

In many cases, the effects of cerebral palsy can be seen as early as infancy. If your baby develops any signs of a movement disorder, you should schedule an evaluation as soon as possible.

Early intervention can slow down the progress of muscle issues and ensure your loved one can receive the resources needed to thrive in life.

It’s also important that Dr. Tarabishy monitor your child for potential neurological issues that often accompany cerebral palsy, such as:

  • Seizures
  • Learning disabilities
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vision and hearing issues

Those with cerebral palsy may also be at increased risk for developing mental health issues.

What treatments are available for cerebral palsy related pain?

Those with cerebral palsy will require long-term health care and monitoring. There’s no cure for cerebral palsy but Dr. Tarabishy may recommend medications or anesthetic injections to relax muscles, reduce pain, and enhance mobility.

Physical therapy may be useful at keeping muscles strong and healthy. Exercises can be beneficial for improving balance and motor skills. Other types of therapy may be necessary based on the area of affected muscles, such as speech therapy and occupational therapy.

For those who have spastic muscle issues, multiple treatments are available, including

  • Oral medications
  • Managing intrathecal baclofen pumps
  • Botox injections
  • Motor Nerve Ablation: This treatment involves cutting the nerves attached to the affected muscle to help relax overly tight muscles and reduce pain.

For Spine and Joint related pain like hip pain and dislocation and kyphoscoliosis pain:

  • Intra articular injections.
  • Tendon fenestrations.
  • Adding other medications to intrathecal pumps
  • Sensory Nerve Ablation: reducing the pain signals transmitted by the sensory nerves.

Learn more about treatment options for managing the dysfunction and pain of cerebral palsy by calling the office today or book an appointment online.