Do you also still believe that there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy?
During one of the orthopedics surgical camps, which MedicoExperts organized in Nigeria, we met a family who approached us to correct the bone deformation. There was a big waiting queue, and the family with the kid was also waiting for their turn in the queue. The kid was really getting restless.
Understanding the discomfort of the mother, the organizing team requested other patients in queue to allow the family to meet the doctor before their turn. The kind and gentle Nigerian crowd accepted the request, and that was the beginning of a new relationship of MedicoExperts with the family.
On thorough examination, the case turned out to Cerebral Palsy case rather than just a simple bone deformity that could be corrected through orthopedic procedures. During the interaction, we identified the cause, which was a lack of oxygen during delivery. The umbilical cord was strangulating the kid during the delivery, and he had a narrow escape.
The well-to-do and otherwise happy family has almost lost all the hopes that their kid will ever walk. The mother, who was a working lady before delivery, had to quit her job due to a seemingly restless and helpless kid. The kid, when he met, was 12 years old and couldn’t do anything on of his own.
The family has met many doctors earlier and got the same response that the condition is untreatable. However, the family was determined to do something, and that determination pushed the family to visit MedicoExperts surgical camp.
During our meeting with the family, we explained that as per the established Medical sciences protocols, the condition is untreatable, and only bone deformity correction will not help the kid in any significant way.
However, we also explained that stem cell research has shown the ray of hope for such disorders. And if the family wishes to explore, MedicoExperts would help with its own impaneled stem cell experts.
The determined family who was keen to give a good life to the kid took just fifteen minutes to decide. MedicoExperts India team started guiding the family and arranged the online video consultation, shared the experiences of past patients, helped them to arrange answers of all of their concerns and questions, helped them in the logistic arrangements as treatment was only possible in India, and guided the family on all subsequent steps.
What’s the outcome?
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So, let’s move forward and discuss the different aspects of Cerebral Palsy and how stem cells can treat this condition. Let’s start with What cerebral palsy is?
The word “cerebral” implies something related to the brain. The word “palsy” indicates some problems with body movement.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is, therefore, a disorder of movement and posture that is noticed during the infant stage or early childhood, and this disorder is due to some damage to the brain.
The risk of cerebral palsy increases with premature birth. However, A child can also get cerebral palsy during delivery complications and even after birth from very serious jaundice, or an injury or disease affecting the brain later in infancy.
When a Brain Injury might have happened?
Your kid’s brain might be got injured in one of the following stages.
- Prenatal Period – Conception to the delivery
- Perinatal Period – Just before and after the birth
- Postnatal Period – First two (and some say five) years of life. This typically happens due to severe jaundice.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is typically the result of abnormal brain development or some kind of damage to the developing brain. This damage happens either before a child is born or during delivery or in early infancy.
Few major known causes of Cerebral palsy are as follows.
Types of cerebral palsy?
Based on mobility limitations and affected body parts, The CP can be differentiated in following types. Moreover, each type can vary in severity, symptoms, and treatment.
The most common type of CP is Spastic CP. 80% of the CP patients are Spastic in nature.
Spastic CP impacts the muscles and make them stiff, resulting difficulty in walking. This is due to weakness in muscles.
The symptoms are found in the entire body or just one side of the body.
Dyskinetic CP patients can’t control their body movements and have involuntary, abnormal movements in the arms, legs, and hands. In some cases movements are jerky and in others the movements are slow.
Further, in a few cases, patients are not able to control the tongue and it comes out of the mouth involuntarily, resulting in difficulty in swallowing and talking.
This CP impacts the muscle tone and make them overly relaxed. The body parts like arms and legs move very easily and patients are not able to control them. They can’t keep their body, including the head straight.
In most of the cases patients are not able to speak, eat and walk.
People with this form of CP usually have problems with balance, coordination, and motor functions. They can’t keep the objects in their hands and hence can’t write.
In some cases, patients have symptoms that are a mixture of different types of CP. This is called mixed CP.
Cerebral palsy-related brain defects may also lead to other neurological issues, including
Conventional cerebral palsy treatment in India
Cerebral palsy can be treated by a traditional approach with therapies or newer innovative approaches can be used to treat the patient. There are treatments available to assist cerebral palsy individuals to be as active and independent as possible. The treatments could include
- Physiotherapy – exercise and stretching methods to assist physical capacity and hopefully enhance motion
- Speech therapy –to help with communication and speech, and difficulty in swallowing
- Occupational therapy – where a therapist defines and indicates methods to make everyday activities simpler for you or your child
- Medication to relieve stiffness and related issues
- Orthopaedic surgery or selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery (cutting nerve fibre) to treat movement or growth problems in some cases
Stem cell therapy minimizes symptoms, prevents complications in the future, and maximizes the independence of function. This mechanism repairs and regenerates the tissue that has been damaged, restoring operations in the impacted region and resulting in clinical improvements. Stem cell therapy plays a major role in improving the quality of life overall.
This efficient strategy to treating cerebral palsy relies on stem cell capacity leading to enhanced metabolism and immune system. Stem cell therapy provides a positive and remarkable result for the brain and its system. The use of autologous bone marrow and stem cell therapy has led to significant and effective improvements in patients with cerebral palsy. The therapy is simple, secure, and effective because it works at the neurological level. It brings a new autonomous life to the children and restores them to the lost association with society.
Together with advanced hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) technology, stem cell therapy has become the largest possible combination that stands to benefit cerebral palsy therapy. HBOT is used to treat people with cerebral palsy.
HBOT offsets reduced blood flow by increasing oxygen content in plasma and body tissue and can even normalize concentrations of ischemic tissue oxygen. HBOT mobilizes stem cells of human bone marrow that can help regenerate neurodegenerative diseases. Based on these results, symptoms are assumed to be enhanced by HBOT in patients with cerebral palsy.
Initial HBOT treatment findings show that aggressive behaviour and tantrums are improved. Children enhance their communication with a marked enhancement of direct eye contact with effective verbal command comprehension.
Ozone therapy for the treatment of cerebral palsy is used as an alternative therapy combined with stem cell therapy to enhance the body’s oxygen intake and use. This results in an increase in brain function and activity. Ozone therapy is one of the most powerful ways to drastically and rapidly flood your body with additional oxygen.
Not only does ozone itself have incredible healing capacities, but for centuries this fact has also been well documented. The mechanism of action of ozone therapy in the treatment of cerebral palsy is to reduce intestinal and brain inflammation and improve immune function and circulation in the brain.
Stem cell therapy is a simple and completely safe procedure that requires only injections and no surgery is involved. In Stem cell procedure, Adult stem cells are taken from the bone marrow of the patient and injected back into the patient after processing them in a specialized stem cell laboratory.
The procedure involves 3 steps.
Step1: Bone Marrow Aspiration:
In this process, a needle is inserted into the hip bone to extract the bone marrow. This is done under local anesthesia so that the patient does not experience pain.
Step 2: Stem Cell Separation:
The bone marrow which is taken in step 1 from the patient is sent to the Stem cell laboratory, where the stem cells are separated from the remaining cells of the bone marrow by the density gradient method.
Step 3: Stem Cell Injection:
A lumbar puncture is done using a very thin needle through the L4-L5 space of the spine, after giving local anesthetic and the stem cells are injected into the cerebrospinal fluid.
Prerequisites for cerebral palsy treatment in India
Minimum age: 2 years onwards
Hemoglobin: 10 gms onwards
Success rate of stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy in india
Most cerebral palsy patients can live long, happy and normal lives after cerebral palsy treatment in India. Patients notice improvements in bowel and bladder control along with motility and independent activity.
85% of our patients showed drastic improvement after undergoing stem cell therapy in India with significant improvement in cognitive functions.
Our patient data indicates that over 73% of cerebral palsy patients have benefited from stem cell treatment with HBOT treatment.
The cost of stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy treatment in India starts from 2000 USD per cycle and depends on the condition of the patient, the protocol adopted by the treating specialist, and the chosen doctor.
A stay of 10 to 30 days in India is to be expected to undergo the treatment. In some rare cases, the stay can be extended to 45 days as well. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) costs range from 50 USD to 90 USD per session.
For better outcomes, either ozone therapy or HBOT will be combined based on the protocol of the selected stem cell specialist. The super-specialist doctors in India also employ the use of ozone therapy along with stem cell therapy for best results.
Frequently Asked Questions and patient concerns:
1. Is cerebral palsy genetic?
Cerebral paralysis is not genetic; it is a disease that can sometimes result from a birth-related brain injury, but most doctors are uncertain about its cause. However, it is not a disease passed through DNA. Cerebral palsy, in fact, cannot be carried through the DNA similar to other injury such as a broken bone or a laceration.
2. Is cerebral palsy a disability or a disease?
Cerebral palsy is a disease characterized by different disabilities. Cerebral palsy can be triggered by brain injuries and deprivation of oxygen, but as stated earlier, it is not an infectious disease or a disease that can be transmitted genetically.
3. Is cerebral palsy a muscular disorder?
Many people see how difficult it is for individuals with cerebral palsy to balance and coordinate their motions. Cerebral palsy is a brain injury that affects the brain, the part of the brain that controls motor function. Because the brain regions that regulate the muscle system are dormant, it creates inactivity, spasticity, or absence of muscle coordination that results in damaging components of the motor control centre.
4. Is cerebral palsy a degenerative condition?
There is no degenerative cerebral paralysis. Doctors understand when a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, their disability will not get worse over time. Instead, a child’s cerebral palsy situation can enhance with continuous practice and periodic sessions with a variety of experts in health care, including speech and language therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and orthopaedic surgeons along with latest technology of Stem cell therapy.
5. What challenges will my child face with cerebral palsy as an adult?
Although medical progress has come a long way, as adults, there are still many problems that children with cerebral palsy will face. Of course, the severity of the disease and how well each individual respond to distinct types of therapy will rely on medical challenges of the patient and the treatment opt for him/her.
6. Is stem cell therapy better than conventional approach? Why?
The conventional treatment is very invasive and with the help of steroids and other measures it only attempts to suppress the symptoms. It also offers no long-term relief from cerebral palsy issues. Its side effects are also noticeable to the same extent as the beneficial impacts, so it’s not a holistic way to treat patients with cerebral palsy. The aim of stem cell therapy is to heal the brain damage and therefore the findings are much better and quicker. Besides that, the therapy does not have any side effects on the patient.
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