It is the most common muscle disorder in children, affecting just over 2 children per 1,000 live births. With appropriate treatment, many children suffering from cerebral palsy will lead normal adult lives. Some cases are more severe and result in varying levels of disability.
There are a number of subtypes of cerebral palsy differentiated by specific muscle issues. For example, spastic cerebral palsy is associated with stiff muscles while athetoid cerebral palsy is associated with writhing muscles. While all types of cerebral palsy stem from damage to or abnormal development of the same part of the brain, different subtypes may call for different types of treatment.
Whether caused by birth injury, genetic abnormality, injury during early childhood, or other causes, cerebral palsy can have a major impact on your child’s life. Check out the links below for a more in-depth look at cerebral palsy and what it means for you and your child.