What is Cerebral Palsy?

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 term cerebral refers to the brain's two halves or hemispheres and palsy describes any disorder that impairs control of body movement. Thus, these disorders are not caused by problems in the muscles or nerves. Instead, faulty development or damage to motor areas in the brain disrupts the brain's ability to adequately control movement and posture.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy lie along a spectrum of varying severity. An individual with cerebral palsy may have difficulty with fine motor tasks such as writing or cutting with scissors; experience trouble with maintaining balance and walking; or be affected by involuntary movements such as uncontrollable writhing motion of the hands or drooling. The symptoms differ from one person to the next and may even change over time in the individual. Some people with cerebral palsy are also affected by other medical disorders, including seizures or mental impairment.

 

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