Sovereign Rehabilitation understands how concerning it can be if your child has been diagnosed with hypotonia. Hypotonia is classified as a limp appearance at birth or in early infancy. Symptoms can be poor muscle tone, difficulty keeping their knees and elbows bent. Children may also struggle with feeding and motor skill. Sovereign Rehabilitation is committed to helping children who have been diagnosed with hypotonia. Our caring and compassionate physical therapists will work with you to help increase your child's mobility and coordination through specific physical therapy rehabilitation catered to your child's specific needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained pediatric physical therapists.

Causes and Symptoms of Hypotonia

There are many different causes and symptoms of hypotonia. This disorder can be diagnosed at birth because it manifests through delayed muscle strength and motor nerves. However, it can be difficult in some instances to diagnose the underlying causes of hypotonia.

Signs of Hypotonia

Symptoms of hypotonia can have a wide range of underlying causes. The most common signs include:

  • Difficulty with head control or none at all
  • Delay in gross motor skills such as sitting or crawling
  • Delay in fine motor skills such as grasping items

Additional signs and symptoms of hypotonia regardless of age are:

  • Decrease in muscle tone
  • Decrease in strength
  • Poor reflexes
  • Hyperflexibility
  • Difficulties with speech
  • Decrease in activity level and endurance
  • Weak or poor posture

Causes of Hypotonia

The cause of hypotonia can stem from issues within the nervous or muscular systems. Additional causes of hypotonia can be a result of an injury, illness or an inherited disorder. If your child is born with hypotonia and is not related to any other condition, this is called a benign congenital hypotonia. Working closely with the team at Sovereign Rehabilitation can help your child improve their ability to reach developmental stages throughout childhood.

Other causes of hypotonia can stem from an underlying condition that affects the brain, central nervous system and muscles. This includes:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain injury
  • Muscular dystrophy

Hypotonia can also be caused by a genetic condition such as Down Syndrome, Prader-Will Syndrome, Tay-Sachs disease and Trisomy 13. All children diagnosed with hypotonia will find physical therapy rehabilitation to be beneficial.

If you suspect your child is suffering from hypotonia, please contact Sovereign Rehabilitation today to schedule a consultation.