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.