Orthopedic Impairment

You’ll find helpful information below for specific disorders categorized generally under Orthopedic Impairment.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy - FDA approves botox for lower limb spasticity

Medscape reports that “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox, Allergan Inc) to decrease the severity of stiffness in ankle and toe muscles among adults with lower limb spasticity, the company has announced. The approval was based on a large, development program that included a phase 3, multicenter, double-blind, randomized clinical trial that evaluated the safety and efficacy of placebo and Botox at a dose of 300 to 400 units divided among ankle and toe muscles in more than 400 patients with lower limb spasticity following a stroke. The study showed statistically significant improvements at weeks 4 and 6 in the average change in muscle tone, measured by the Modified Ashworth Scale ankle score, and in clinical patient benefit, as assessed by the Clinical Global Impression of Change by Physician. Benefits were observed for arthralgia, back pain, myalgia, upper respiratory tract infection, and injection site pain.”

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NICHCY Cerebral Palsy Fact Sheet

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) Cerebral Palsy Fact Sheet.

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Click this link to download a pdf of the Fact Sheet.

Developmental Coordination Disorders/Dyspraxia

What is Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia goes by many names: developmental coordination disorder, motor learning difficulty, motor planning difficulty and apraxia of speech. It can affect the development of gross motor skills like walking or jumping. It can also affect fine motor skills. These include things like the hand movements needed to write clearly and the mouth and tongue movements needed to pronounce words correctly.

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Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder and ADHD at Risk for Depression, Anxiety Symptoms

A new study finds a correlation between having both ADHD and Developmental Coordination Disorder and anxiety and depression. The study suggests that children with both ADHD and Developmental Coordination Disorders are at greater risk for more severe issues with Anxiety and/or Depression, and suggests the need to screen children with this combination of disorders for anxiety and depression.

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