Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a condition which causes problems with movement. It occurs due to an injury to the brain and all sufferers are affected differently. The level to which they are affected by the condition depends on the parts of the brain that are damaged.
There are a number of different forms of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy - this affects some of the muscles in the body and can make movement difficult as the body parts affected can be stiff, weak or feel tight.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy - with this form of the condition, sufferers may find it difficult to balance and they may also suffer from speech problems. They also often suffer from shaking movements in their their hands and feet.
- Athetoid (dyskinetic) cerebral palsy - This type of CP causes spontaneous movements in the muscles which the sufferer cannot control. It can also lead to additional problems with posture.
- Mixed cerebral palsy - This form of CP involves a combination of two or more of the above forms.
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Further Information about CP
Further information about cerebral palsy can be obtained from Scope.
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