Cerebral Palsy Research Paper

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Cerebral palsy, also known as CP, can refer to multiple types of neurological disorders that typically appear in infancy or childhood. The condition permanently affects body movement and muscle coordination, however, does not degenerate throughout life. The majority of people with cerebral palsy were born with the condition. The condition may go undetected months or years after birth. At the age of three signs are most recognizable. Muscle coordination is the most common physiological function impaired. Ataxia and spasticity is common with a patient suffering from cerebral palsy. The most common causes of cerebral palsy are brain damage from birth, brain infections (viral and bacterial), and brain injury after birth.

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The major physiological function affected is movement and coordination problems. The most common symptoms are variations in muscle tone, stiff muscles, lack of muscle coordination, and tremors. Signs to be aware of in children are delays in motor skills, favoring one side of the body, difficulty walking, difficulty with sucking or eating, difficulty with precise motions, and excessive drooling. People with cerebral palsy may also have other neurological problems such as Intellectual disabilities, seizures, abnormal touch or pain perceptions, oral diseases, mental health (psychiatric) conditions, urinary …show more content…
In general, the earlier treatment begins the better chance children have of overcoming developmental disabilities or learning new ways to accomplish the tasks that challenge them. The different types of treatment may include physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, drugs to control seizures, relax muscle spasms, and alleviate pain; surgery to correct anatomical abnormalities or release tight muscles; braces and other orthotic devices; wheelchairs and rolling walkers; and communication aids such as computers with attached voice