The term cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance.CP affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movements. The majority of children with cerebral palsy are born with it, although it may not be detected until months or years later.
HOW IS CEREBRAL PALSY DIAGNOSED?
Pediatricians may diagnose cerebral palsy through physical examination and person’s history. They may specifically evaluate general movements. Neuroimaging with MRI or CT scan may be required for confirming diagnosis of cerebral palsy
HOW IS CEREBRAL PALSY TREATED?
Cerebral Palsy is damage to the brain that cannot currently be fixed. Treatment and therapy help manage effects on the brain. Treatment may include physical and occupational therapy; speech therapy; drugs to control seizures, relax muscle spasms, and alleviate pain; surgery to correct anatomical abnormalities or release tight muscles; braces and other orthotic devices; wheelchairs and rolling walkers; and communication aids such as computers with attached voice synthesizers.
DID YOU KNOW?
The ideal age for diagnosing Cerebral Palsy is after 36 months of age.