Cerebral palsy is a medical condition caused by permanent brain damage that occurs before, during, or shortly after birth. The effect of cerebral palsy, or CP, is characterized by a lack of muscle control and abnormal body movement. While it is not a progressive disease of the brain, the effects of cerebral palsy may change gradually over the years.
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What’s the problem?
Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of chronic disorders impairing control of movement that appear in the first few years of life and generally do not worsen over time. The disorders are caused by faulty development of, or damage to, motor areas in the brain that disrupts the brain’s ability to control movement and posture.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are three main types of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic: Spastic cerebral palsy is by far the most common type, occurring in 70% to 80% of all cases. People with this type of CP are hypertonic and have a neuromuscular condition stemming from damage to the corticospinal tract or the motor cortex that affects the nervous system’s ability to receive gamma amino butyric acid in the area(s) affected by the disability.
- Athetoid: People with athetoid CP have trouble holding themselves in an upright, steady position for sitting or walking, and often show involuntary motions. For some people with athetoid CP, it takes a lot of work and concentration to get their hand to a certain spot (like scratching their nose or reaching for a cup).
- Ataxic: Ataxia type symptoms can be caused by damage to the cerebellum. The forms of ataxia are less common types of cerebral palsy, occurring in at most 10% of all cases. Some of these individuals have hypotonia and tremors. Motor skills such as writing, typing, or using scissors might be affected, as well as balance, especially while walking. It is common for individuals to have difficulty with visual and/or auditory processing.
There may be a combination of these types for any one individual. Other types do occur, although infrequently. Cerebral palsy may be congenital, caused by injury during labor and delivery or acquired after birth. Children born with CP face many challenges throughout their lifetime, as they will often have to rely on the help of others to live a full and productive life. Depending on the nature and extent of the condition, children with cerebral palsy have anywhere between 90 and 70 percent chance of surviving past their 20th birthday.
Even though there is no cure for cerebral palsy, children afflicted with this terrible condition can lead productive lives and grow into mature, healthy adults. The reality is that these children have special needs, and depending on the level of their disability may or may not need constant supervision and assistance.
Do I have a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
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