Cerebral palsy widespread in U.S.|
The Beacon News
"More than 500,000 Americans have cerebral
palsy, and the number of people it affects has remained essentially unchanged
for the past 30 years — despite advances in prevention and treatment, according
to the United Cerebral Palsy Association.
Cerebral palsy is a chronic disorder that affects body movement and muscle
It is caused by a brain injury or abnormal brain development that occurs in the
womb, during birth or within the first two to three years of life.
Most people with cerebral palsy experience uncontrolled reflex movements and
muscle tightness that causes poor balance and coordination. Mental retardation,
seizures and hearing problems are associated with cerebral palsy, and about 75
percent of those with cerebral palsy have some degree of cognitive impairment.
The disorder cannot be cured, but various treatments can help those with
cerebral palsy improve their physical strength and prevent complications.
- Source: www.webmd.com "