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Cerebral Palsy

Fast Facts V_Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of neurological disorders that permanently affects muscle coordination and body movement. Cerebral Palsy involves non-progressive damage and impairment of motor functions to the developing brain, traditionally considered so until the age of 2 years.

The motor disorder (i.e., muscle coordination and body movement) is caused by an injury or non-progressive malformation of the brain that occurs in the developing foetus (traditionally considered so until the age of 2 years) or during infancy. It affects muscle control and tone, posture, balance, fine and gross motor skills, and oral motor functioning. Persons with Cerebral Palsy may suffer from chronic and acute pain, experienced most commonly in joints such as knees and ankles, hips, upper and lower back.

Most children with Cerebral Palsy are capable of walking, with approximately 10% requiring an aid to walk, and 30% using a wheelchair. Further, 1 in 5 people with Cerebral Palsy have difficulties in communication.[1]

Recognising Cerebral Palsy
Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy
Living with Cerebral Palsy
Frequently Asked Questions
Acknowledgement and References