Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a term used often to describe those who have abnormalities of body movement, balance and posture occurring from abnormal neurological processes. The mechanism(s) that causes CP occurs more frequently during prenatal life as the fetus develops, from infections, abnormalities of the placenta, fetal stroke, genetic abnormalities, developmental abnormalities of the fetal brain, trauma to the mother, premature delivery, and other causes, or after birth from inborn metabolic disorders, epilepsy, neurotransmitter disorders, and other causes.
Here are 6 interesting facts you need to know about CP:
- Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood.
- CP affects 1 in 500 newborns.
- CP is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone and or posture.
- Globally, over 17 million people have CP.
- Symptoms of CP vary from person to person.
- There is no known cure for CP, but treatment can improve the lives of those who have the condition. It is important to begin a treatment program as early as possible.