With over 30,000 children living with cerebral palsy in the UK, and taking into account family, friends and others involved in supporting those with the condition, it becomes apparent how many thousands of lives are affected.
Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form, which appears in around 75% of cases. The main symptom is rigid limbs that cause movements to be stiff and jerky, affecting one or both arms and/or legs.
Spastic diplegia specifically means that both legs are affected, and severity ranges from mild mobility issues to full wheelchair dependency. Often, children undergo surgery, such as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), to reduce the muscle stiffness and spasticity.
H2O Physio’s underwater treadmills provide the ideal form of training to ensure effective rehabilitation, giving these children the chance to walk and live life to the full.
As this condition generally requires long programmes to deliver the full therapy benefits, we are working closely with the Jet Singh Trust, a charitable trust that strives to secure funding for the treatment of children with spastic diplegia through their Born to Walk Campaign.