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Medical Marijuana & Spastic Quadriparesis

What About Medical Marijuana & Spastic Quadriparesis?

Research suggests that marijuana may help reduce the symptoms associated with spastic quadriplegia, such as muscle tightness and spasms, pain, sleep disturbances, and anxiety.

Spastic quadriplegia is a type of cerebral palsy that affects all four limbs and the torso. It is caused by abnormal brain development or damage This can lead to involuntary movements, spasms, and difficulty coordinating movement. Individuals affected by this disorder experience difficulty in walking, speaking, eating, and performing other activities of daily living. 

 

How Does Spastic Quadriplegia Affect People?

Spastic Quadriplegia is a rare and serious condition that affects the muscles and nervous system. It is caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord, usually occurring before or at birth. People with Spastic Quadriplegia experience spasticity, which is muscle stiffness that interferes with movement and coordination. This affects the ability to perform everyday tasks, such as walking and talking. Other symptoms may include impaired vision, hearing and speech difficulties, as well as intellectual impairments.

The severity of the condition can range from mild to severe and can be life-altering for those who live with it. While some individuals may only experience mild muscle stiffness, others may be completely paralyzed and unable to move. In addition, those with the condition may also have difficulty controlling their bladder and bowels.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Spastic Quadriplegia

Common signs and symptoms of Spastic Quadriplegia include: 

  • Difficulty with walking, standing, or controlling arms and legs,
  • Poor balance due to muscle stiffness and poor coordination,
  • Hyperreflexia, which is an exaggerated reflex response to a nerve stimulus,
  • Spasticity, which is stiffness and tightness in the muscles,
  • Contractures, which are permanent tightness in some joints due to muscle spasms,
  • Abnormal posture or body positioning,
  • Difficulty controlling bladder and bowel movements,
  • Difficulty with speech and swallowing,
  • Increased sensitivity to touch, sound and light,
  • Seizures, and
  • Mental retardation in some cases.
Medical Marijuana May Be an Important Addition to the Treatment Plan for Spastic Quadriplegia Patients

With integrative treatment, people with Spastic Quadriplegia can lead fulfilling lives despite their disability. Talk to our physicians at Duber Medical today to see if treatment using Medical Marijuana may be right for you or your loved one.

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