Cerebral Palsy - Exams and Tests
Most of the time, a doctor can predict many of the
long-term physical effects of CP when a child is 1 to 3 years old. But
sometimes such predictions are not possible until a child reaches school age
when learning, communication skills, and other abilities can be measured.
Some children need repeated testing that
- X-rays, to check for loose or
dislocated hips. Children with CP are usually X-rayed
several times during ages 2 to 5. A child will also have an X-ray any time he
or she complains of hip pain or has other signs of dislocated hips, such as
unusual leg or knee movements. Spinal X-rays also are done to look for curves
in the child's spine (scoliosis).
- Gait analysis, which
helps identify problems and guide treatment decisions.
Additional tests may be needed, depending on the child's
symptoms or other conditions that are present.