Cerebral palsy:

Cerebral palsy is condition, sometimes
thought of as a group of disorders that
can involve brain and nervous system
functions such as movement, learning,
hearing, seeing, and thinking.

There are several different types of
cerebral palsy, including spastic,
dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic, and

At the Medical College of Georgia
there is a trial to test if stem cells from
a child's own umbilical cord can help
treat Cerebral Palsy.The purpose of
this study is to test the safety and
effectiveness of a cord blood infusion
in children who have motor disability
due to cerebral palsy (CP). The
subjects will be children whose parents
have saved their infant's cord blood,
who have non-progressive motor
disability, and whose parents intend to
have a cord blood infusion.
Patients will be divided into 2 groups,
with the first group receiving red-cell
depleted, mononuclear cell enriched
cord blood unit prepared for infusion
(treatment) and the second being
administered saline combined with the
inert stem cell administration solution
lacking stem cells. The observer and
patient will not know who is receiving
cells from which group.
Study no: NCT01072370

The purpose of this study is to
determine the efficacy of a single
intravenous infusion of autologous
umbilical cord blood (UCB) for the
treatment of pediatric patients with
spastic cerebral palsy.
Study no: NCT01147653

Riley Hospital For Children in Indiana,   
is the only hospital in the United States
that uses up to three robotic aids to
help with pediatric rehab. Anna Good,
a sufferer of cerebral palsy, was one of
the first patients to test out the new
rehab technique at the hospital.  Anna
has found this to be quite beneficial.
She uses two of the three machines to
help teach her brain to use replication
of motions. This has resulted in more
movement and higher endurance

The hospital is working in partnership
with the IU department of Physical
Therapy and Indiana University Health
and Rehabilitation Services.

The robots  mainly  focuse on the
upper extremities that is called
MIT-Manus and the one that focuses
on the lower extremities called
HocomaLokomat. These robots have
helped Anna improve her arm muscles
so that she can grip better and her
legs so that her walking will improve.

The difference in a human therapist
and robotic tools is the robots aid the
patients in making up to 1000
movements that are completely
identical. This is helpful because it
causes the brain to recognize the
movement better.

While doing the therapy, Anna is
hooked up to the lower leg robot and
walks on a treadmill. Her movements
are connected to a video game where
she is able to see herself on the
screen moving toward the cows or
animals that they have programmed.