What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral - Cerebrum (main portion of the brain)
Palsy - Weakness in the ability to move body parts
Cerebral Palsy is a term used to describe a group of brain injuries that affect thousands of babies and children each year. These chronic disorders impair a child's ability to control the muscles in their body due to faulty development or damaged areas of the brain.
The most common injuries are caused by either lack of oxygen to the brain or a head injury that may have occurred during labor and/or delivery resulting in trauma to the brain.
Depending on what part of a child's brain is affected, their ability to control certain types of movement gets disrupted and they may develop a variety of poor muscle control problems that result to possible speech disorders, diet and nutrition issues, and seizures (for more information, go to symptoms).
Cerebral palsy is not a degenerative or contagious disease. If a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, their conditions do not get worse as the child grows up and they can not pass it to other children.
Children can acquire cerebral palsy after birth, but in many cases, there are numerous factors that can cause cerebral palsy during pregnancy or birth.
The known symptoms usually appear before the age of 3, but it can be difficult to diagnose cerebral palsy if the child's symptoms are mild and not noticeable.
Although cerebral palsy does not get any worse as the child gets older, this disorder can have a huge impact on the child as well as the parents. There are combinations of treatments for cerebral palsy patients, but it is important to discuss which treatment therapy is right for your child with a specialized doctor.