What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a term which is generalized for a grouping of conditions which develop during the first years of life and which affect the child’s ability to have coordinated movements of the body. Cerebral palsy often causes muscles to be floppy and weak or stiff and rigid.
In the US and in Europe, cerebral palsy happens in about 2 to 4 out of every 1000 births. Any babies who are born prematurely or at a very low birth weights are at a higher risk for cerebral palsy. This disorder is normally caused by injuries to the brain that occur very early in the development path.
This condition of cerebral palsy is not curable. But, by getting the correct therapy for the child may make a large difference.
Generally, those with cerebral palsy show a very wide range of symptoms and signs varying from very mild to extremely severe. They can include:
- Muscle coordination which is lacking when performing movements which are voluntary
- Exaggerated reflexes and muscles which are stiff
- Walking gait which is asymmetrical with 1 leg or foot dragging
- Varying in tone of the muscles, from too floppy to too stiff
- Difficulties swallowing or excessive drooling, speaking or sucking
- Precise motions such as buttoning a coat or writing which are difficult.
Brain injury causing cerebral palsy does not vary with time, so these symptoms normally do not get worse with age. Other neurological disarrays, like seizures or mental retardation, can also occur with cerebral palsy.
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