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Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral refers to the brain. Palsy refers to anything wrong with muscle control or joints in the body. In other words, because of an injury to the brain, those with Cerebral Palsy ("CP" for short) are not able to use some of the muscles in their body in the normal way. CP is not a disease or illness. It is not contagious and it does not get worse. it is not something people "grow out of" either. CP is a permanent condition that only occurs near the time of birth and it is not developed later in life.

What causes CP?

CP is caused by an injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. In many cases, no one knows for sure what causes the injury itself or what might have been done to prevent it.

Different Types of CP

Problems associated with CP

In addition to problems controlling muscle movement, other issues may come up as a result of CP, most of which are caused by the same brain injury that caused the CP.

Therapy for CP

Afflicted individuals may need different types of therapy to help them improve motor skills such as walking, talking and using their hands.

How can CP be prevented?

Measures for prevention are increasingly possible. Pregnant woman are motivated for proper prenatal care; prevention of prematurity; reduce exposure to viruses and infections; avoiding exposure to x-rays, drugs and medication; controlling diabetes, anemia and other nutritional deficiencies. Be sure to be healthy prior to conception and protect infants from accidents and injuries.

How we address the needs of these consumers

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