Impaired neuromuscular strength, movement and control are among the greatest detriments posed by brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury and other musculoskeletal damage. Activating and re-educating muscles are paramount to improved outcomes, especially for children faced with such debilitating conditions that can stifle normal growth and development.
Toe walking, also referred to as tip-toe walking, is common among toddlers taking their first steps. The condition, in which children walk on the toes or balls of their feet, can be caused by orthopedic, neurological and developmental disorders, but more often than not is considered idiopathic. Most kids outgrow toe walking, but further evaluation and specialty care may be warranted, especially for those who continue the pattern beyond age two.
No one would argue that recovery from a brain injury is often a long, physically demanding and emotionally draining process for patients. It’s a journey that can be unpredictable from one day to the next, and one that forever changes lives. And for the families of children with pediatric brain injury, it can be especially difficult to cope with and understand—particularly during the transition from inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient therapy.
According to 2011 data from the CDC, emergency rooms in the United States treat upward of 175,000 sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in children annually. Many of these TBIs are concussions, sustained from high-impact sports like football, soccer and cheerleading. And in some cases, kids returning to athletics experience additional sports injuries that result in multiple concussions.
Many children struggle with type I diabetes, creating a great opportunity to note the benefits of inpatient diabetes programs for children living with this chronic illness. As you know, without appropriate and timely intervention, diabetes can become out of control and result in a myriad of health problems.