Cerebral Palsy is defined as an abnormal development or damage affecting the motor centers of the brain, accompanied by neurological and physical abnormalities. According to CDC, Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability found in children. It affects movement, posture, and balance. In the majority of cases children are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy by the age of three. Statistics show that on average every two to three children in one thousand fall victim to this disorder. The combined total of all children and adults in the United States living with Cerebral Palsy is estimated to be around 800,000.
Several risk factors for developing Cerebral Palsy include but are not limited to; viral and parasitic infections that the mother may have had during pregnancy such as Chickenpox, rubella, Toxoplasmosis, Syphilis, and many others. Bacterial Meningitis, Viral encephalitis, newborn weighing less than 2.5kg, breech births, and delivering a premature baby all put a child at risk. Cerebral Palsy can often times be unknown as to how or why it was caused but by eradicating these risk factors or at least attempting to manage them, can significantly decrease the chances of having a child with Cerebral Palsy.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy, only treatments used to manage the symptoms. Knowing and seeing the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy is important. Identifying and beginning treatments as early as possible is the key to success. When braces are used correctly they have been shown to improve muscle coordination. There are also surgeries that can be done to help with the symptoms of cerebral palsy. Different types of therapies such as speech, physical therapy, and occupational therapy have also proven effective. By using management techniques or treatments it can improve the life of a person with cerebral palsy.
There are many types of support groups and programs for people with cerebral palsy. United Cerebral Palsy http://ucp.org is a great website. The website http://www.ucpnwfl.org is for the United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida. They are located at 2912 N E St in Pensacola, Florida 32501. The...