Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder which restricts an individual’s ability to maintain balance and posture as well as movement. It is the result of a brain malformation or injury and many patients with Cerebral Palsy developed the disorder before birth although there are some who acquired it later in life. The condition causes impaired movement often associated with abnormal posture, involuntary movement, rigidness of the trunk and limbs while some experience difficulty swallowing. Individuals with cerebral palsy often have underlying developmental brain abnormalities. It is important to note that Cerebral Palsy is incurable, non-life-threatening, non-progressive, and not contagious.
Signs and symptoms
- Difficulty walking
- Excessive drooling or difficulties swallowing
- Delay in reaching motor skills milestones
- Tremors or involuntary movements
- Stiff muscles with exaggerated reflexes
- Stiff muscles with normal reflexes
- Slow, writhing movements
- Favoring only one side of the body
- Delays in speech developments or difficulty in speech
- Urinary incontinence
- Abnormal touch or pain perceptions
Note: these are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.
There is no known cure for Cerebral Palsy, however, the lives of those suffering from Cerebral Palsy can be improved with effective treatment plans. While adaptive equipment and therapies may suffice for some, others may require medicines and/or surgical interventions.
Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Jill Bressler – Our Team You Can Trust for Cerebral Palsy Treatment
As with most neurological conditions, early treatment interventions are encouraged. Dr. Bressler, our staff and our external experts from multiple disciplines are ready to assist with an individualized treatment plan in favor of mobility optimization, improved quality of life, maximized independence, as well as complication prevention and management. If you or a loved one has Cerebral Palsy, contact us today and let us help you and your loved ones manage this condition.