Posted by Marilyn
on November 24, 1999 at 13:29:31:
In Reply to: What is the definition of Cerebral Palsy? posted by Jennifer on November 19, 1999 at 00:45:40:
Cerebral palsy is a brain injury before or during birth. It can also be a brain injury up until the age of three. After the age of three it is known as a brain injury. Their are three types of cerebral palsy, spastic, athetoid and ataxia.
Spastic is when the muscles are stiff or when the muscles are permenantly contracted. Athetoid is when the muscles have uncontrolled movements. I have a combination of the two. They are caused by difficulty in getting messages from the brain to the muscles as a result of brain damage. Their is third muscle disorder call ataxia which is rare but cause lack of cordination in the upper and lower limbs. I don't know as much about it.
The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy has a good web site" www.ofcp.on.ca