Treadmill Training for Cerebral Palsy Patients|
"Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition
that affects movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to brain
before, during or shortly after birth. Children may show signs of slow motor
development, weak muscle tone, problems with fine motor tasks and difficulty
walking or keeping balance.
According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities,
about 500,000 Americans have cerebral palsy. Roughly 8,000 infants and 1,500
preschoolers are diagnosed with the condition each year. Seventy percent of
cases occur before birth (congenital cerebral palsy) and are caused by a
disruption in the normal development of a part of the brain. Infection during
pregnancy and poor oxygen supply to the fetus are possible causes of congenital
cerebral palsy. In many cases, the cause is unknown. About 20 percent of
children acquire cerebral palsy from birth complications, like asphyxia during
labor and delivery. Ten percent of cases are acquired shortly after birth from
some type of damage to the infant brain, like brain infection or head trauma."