Life with Cerebral Palsy

As the below infographic from UKS Mobility points out, cerebral palsy is the most common movement disorder in children, happening in about 2.1 of every 1000 live births in the world. While 70% of these cases occur due to brain injury during the developmental stages of the fetus, injuries to the infant’s brain at birth account for another 20%. Sadly, no one has been able to find a cure for this disorder yet. Measures like immunizing the mother and preventing head injuries in children can help partly prevent the occurrence of this lifelong condition, while supportive treatments, therapy, surgery and medicines may help alleviate symptoms in some people.

Key Facts:

  • 1Cerebral palsy is the collective term used to describe a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and coordination.
  • 2Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development of the brain or damage to the brain during the developmental stages of the fetus, infancy or early childhood. It is often a chronic, lifelong condition with no cure.
  • 3People with cerebral palsy may suffer from pain, epilepsy, vision issues, hearing loss, speech problems, walking problems, cognitive issues, behavioral and emotional problems, and a lack of saliva control.

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