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Treating Cerebral Palsy by Retraining Muscles

by Kathryn W. Foster
Two years ago, Adam Leon, 16, couldn’t raise his right arm.
He has cerebral palsy caused by a stroke before or just after birth that left his right arm and wrist stiff.
Then in January 2012, Adam started getting Botox treatments from Dr. Roberto Lopez-Alberola, a pediatric neurologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Every three months, Lopez-Alberola injects the toxin into the affected muscles using electromyography to hear the nerves firing and target the right ones.
“Actually it’s the nerve we’re paralyzing. The muscle that was previously very tight or spastic now becomes relaxed,” Lopez-Alberola explained.
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