Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that affects how the brain communicates to muscles, causing uncoordinated movements and postures.
Issues including lack of oxygen to the brain, genetic conditions, infection, brain hemorrhage, severe jaundice, as well as head injury can cause cerebral palsy. Many children with cerebral palsy are born with the disorder, although some may develop it later. Many children diagnosed with cerebral palsy have no history of problems before, during or after delivery, and no known trauma or illness. These children carry the diagnosis with no known cause, but the treatment is the same.
There are different cerebral palsy types that affect different muscles and different parts of the body.
Cerebral palsy treatment is focused on maximizing the functional potential of your child.
Treatment plans are based on:
There are nonsurgical and surgical treatments for cerebral palsy. You will work with your child’s care team to focus on your child’s goals.
Your child may be referred to the Norton Children’s Cerebral Palsy Clinic.
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that has no cure. However there are many ways to treat cerebral palsy and related issues so that a child can live a happy, fulfilling life.