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Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects muscle control and movement. It is usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth.
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Children with cerebral palsy have difficulties in controlling muscles and movements as they grow and develop.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but physiotherapy and other therapies can often help people with cerebral palsy become more independent.
No two people will be affected by their cerebral palsy in the same way, and it is important to ensure treatments and therapies are tailored to your child’s individual needs.
In the UK, cerebral palsy affects about one in every 400 children. Cerebral palsy can affect people from all social backgrounds and ethnic groups.
There may be no obvious single reason why a child has cerebral palsy. The main causes of cerebral palsy include:
The following factors can increase the likelihood of cerebral palsy:
A combination of the above (such as low birth weight and being a twin) can further increase the probability of cerebral palsy. Read about clinical negligence.
There are three main types of cerebral palsy. Many people with cerebral palsy will have a mixture of these types.
No two people with cerebral palsy are affected in the same way. Some have cerebral palsy so mildly that it’s barely noticeable. Others may be profoundly affected and require help with many or all aspects of daily life.
Some people with cerebral palsy may have associated conditions; while others may not. These can include:
Cerebral palsy itself is not progressive; the injury to the brain does not change. However, the effects may change over time for better or worse.
Read more about CP and ageing.
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