Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a wide range of neurological disorders. The disorders generally appear in infancy or during early childhood.
Cerebral palsy permanently affects body movement and muscle coordination; however, it is a non-progressive disorder. This means that any disabilities will not get worse with time. A disability as it exists now will be the same in ten years.
While cerebral palsy affects muscle movement and coordination, it is not a disorder of the muscles and nerves. Cerebral palsy exists as a problem in the brain. The problem stems from abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements.
Children with cerebral palsy are born with the condition despite the fact that it may not be noticed or diagnosed until months or years after the child is born. The early signs of cerebral palsy generally occur before a child reaches his or her third birthday.
If a child has cerebral palsy, there are usually some common indicators. These indicators exist in degrees which can make it difficult to diagnose the disorder. The most common indicators of the condition are a lack of muscle control and coordination when performing voluntary activities; stiff or tight muscles; exaggerated reflexes; walking with either one foot or one leg dragging; walking on the toes; a crouched or “scissored” gait; and muscle tone that is either too stiff or floppy.
Some children have cerebral palsy due to brain damage in the first few months or years of life. Other causes are a brain infection due to bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis and head injuries. Despite this, the majority of cases of cerebral palsy are incurred during pregnancy, during birth, or shortly after birth.
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