Cerebral palsy (CP) affects a person’s ability to move. It is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy, during birth or shortly after. This brain damage affects body movement, muscle control, coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance. Some types of CP are mild while others are more severe. Some affect only certain parts of the body, while others affect the entire body. People who have Cerebral Palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments. Although Cerebral Palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some of the symptoms can improve or worsen over time.
There is no cure for CP, however, supportive treatments, medications, and surgery may help some individuals. For example, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy can help people with CP improve their speech and ability to walk and control their movements. Medications such as diazepam, baclofen, and botulinum toxin are sometimes prescribed to relax stiff muscles. Surgery may include lengthening muscles and even cutting overly active nerves. External braces and other assistive technology can also be helpful.
Some affected children can achieve near normal adult lives with appropriate treatment. In fact, there are many inspiring stories of children with CP who had success as actors, athletes, and in other professions.
Cerebral palsy is not a new disorder of modern life. It has been documented throughout history with the first known descriptions occurring in the work of Hippocrates in the 5th century BCE. Nonetheless, medical mistakes have caused a significant percentage of CP cases. If your child is not achieving their milestones or you suspect something went wrong with their birth, you should fill out the form at the bottom of this page or call 1(888) 958-4859. Raising a CP child is very expensive and can cost millions of dollars over their life.
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