October 28, 2008

Cerebral Palsy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Study Seeking Participants

by Robert D'Iorio

Scientist at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine, Kettering Medical Center and Children's Medical Center of Dayton are studying the affects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) on children with spastic cerebral palsy.

This study involves high concentrations of oxygen to be delivered to children with spastic cerebral palsy utilizing a pressurized chamber. The study is being offered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is free to participants as part of a federally funded project.

So far the researchers have studied 48 children; however, they are currently seeking more participants between 3 and 8 years of age.

If you would like more information please contact Connie Bruns at (937) 641-4279 and as always if you have any questions regarding your child please feel free to contact me directly at (888) 456-4658 or Robert@dioriofirm.com

October 27, 2008

Erb’s Palsy / Brachial Plexus Injury – Anatomy

by Robert D'Iorio

The narrator of the video below is describing the anatomy of the brachial plexus. The video explains what nerves affect different portions of the arm, hand, elbow and shoulder.

October 25, 2008

Erb’s Palsy / Brachial Plexus Injury – New Treatment / Surgery

by Robert D'Iorio

Children's Hospital’s Dr. Gregory Borschel, recently performed a nerve transfer on the brachial plexus of a child. A nerve transfer has been around for several years; however it was not performed on children until recently.

Prior to the nerve transfer, surgeons typically performed what is called a nerve graft on children with brachial plexus injuries. A nerve graft takes healthy nerves from elsewhere in the body and grafts them around the damaged nerves. This procedure has several downsides including leaving a “numb spot” in the location where the nerves were taken for the graft.

The nerve transfer, a six hour microsurgery, involves cutting the crushed nerves that send messages to the arm, hand and shoulder and reconnecting them to an undamaged or healthy, redundant nerve.

Washington University School of Medicine's chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery Dr. Susan Mackinnon called the results “spectacular.”

October 21, 2008

Market Turmoil Causes the Virginia Birth Injury Fund to Lose Value

by Robert D'Iorio

The Virginia Birth Injury Fund was designed as an alternative to medical malpractice lawsuits against obstetricians, healthcare providers and hospitals involved in the birth of an injured child.

The program takes away the families right to litigation as a means of receiving compensation for past and future medical expenses and is supposed to provide lifetime medical payments to eligible children that have neurological injuries that occurred at birth, most commonly cerebral palsy.

Financial studies demonstrate that the promise of lifelong care was becoming less certain as new children enter the program, leaving some families wondering how they are going to pay for their child’s needs in years to come. This fear is now compounded by the market turmoil diminishing the value of the fund from $186 million to $166.5 million in less then one month and over $35 million in the last year.

October 17, 2008

Cerebral Palsy - Physical Therapy and Therasuit

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video provided by CP Discovery, discusses physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy.

The video includes topics such as, how long children will need physical therapy, benefits of therapy and goals that can be achieved with therapy.

October 16, 2008

Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Obtain $4.25 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

Last week a Washington jury returned a verdict of $4.25 Million for a child with cerebral palsy. The complaint alleged that the mother suffered a placental abruption (Placenta separated from urterine wall) and that the child was not delivered for over 20 minutes after the abruption. This delay caused the child to be deprived of oxygen which led to her cerebral palsy.

The verdict includes $350,000 for past medical expenses, $ 2.5 Million for the future expenses that may be incurred and $1.4 Million for pain and suffering.

October 11, 2008

Hippotherapy Center: Selecting the Right One

by Robert D'Iorio

This video was made by CP Discovery and explains what to look for when determining which Hippotherapy center is best for your child with cerebral palsy.

October 9, 2008

Brachial Plexus Injury or Erb’s Palsy Medical Malpractice Risk Factors

by Robert D'Iorio

The United Brachial Plexus Network, Inc (UPBN) recently announced the annual Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness Week (October 19 thru 26). The purpose of Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness is to promote public awareness of Brachial Plexus injuries, sometimes called Erb’s Palsy, to infants during childbirth. For those of you unfamiliar with brachial plexus injuries, they are injuries to nerves that affect the hand, shoulder, and/or elbow often leaving one or both arms with some degree of paralysis.

To promote awareness of the injury, below please find several risk factors for Erb’s palsy.

If you are an expecting Mom or your child has erbs palsy please read this, erbs palsy can most likely be prevented if you and/or your doctor are aware of the risk factors.

Erb’s Palsy is caused by a number of factors throughout the pregnancy, labor and/or delivery. During the prenatal period risk factors may be present that should indicate to your doctor that a cesarean section (C-section) is necessary due to the risk of shoulder dystocia (the child’s shoulder getting stuck on the mothers pubic bone). These risk factors include but are not limited to: history of gestational diabetes, maternal weight gain of 35 pounds or more, prior shoulder dystocia, birth weight over 8 lbs. 14 oz., unusually formed pelvis and/or short or small stature of the mother.

Additionally a prolonged second stage of labor may indicate the need for a c-section even if none of the risk factors above were present.

Finally, erb’s palsy may be a result of you doctor not properly handling shoulder dystocia during delivery. Here, there may have been no indications of the risk of your child experiencing shoulder dystocia, however, once encountered the doctor may not have performed the necessary procedures. These procedures often include but are not limited to an episiotomy followed by the McRoberts maneuver, Woods maneuver and/or suprapubic pressure.

Please feel to call or e-mail me if you have any questions regarding your childs injury.


(888) 456-4658 (ask for me, Robert, directly)

October 4, 2008

Hippotherapy and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The video below, made by CP Discovery takes an in depth look at Hippotherapy and the benefits of horse therapy for children with cerebral palsy.

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