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    Old 09-01-2004, 05:21 PM   #1
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    What Is Cerebral Palsy

    What is Cerebral Palsy?

    Cerebral palsy is an umbrella-like term used to describe a group of chronic disorders impairing control of movement that appear in the first few years of life and generally do not worsen over time. The disorders are caused by faulty development of or damage to motor areas in the brain that disrupts the brain's ability to control movement and posture. Symptoms of cerebral palsy include difficulty with fine motor tasks (such as writing or using scissors), difficulty maintaining balance or walking, involuntary movements. The symptoms differ from person to person and may change over time. Some people with cerebral palsy are also affected by other medical disorders, including seizures or mental impairment, but cerebral palsy does not always cause profound handicap. Early signs of cerebral palsy usually appear before 3 years of age. Infants with cerebral palsy are frequently slow to reach developmental milestones such as learning to roll over, sit, crawl, smile, or walk. Cerebral palsy may be congenital or acquired after birth. Several of the causes of cerebral palsy that have been identified through research are preventable or treatable: head injury, jaundice, Rh incompatibility, and rubella (German measles). Doctors diagnose cerebral palsy by testing motor skills and reflexes, looking into medical history, and employing a variety of specialized tests. Although its symptoms may change over time, cerebral palsy by definition is not progressive, so if a patient shows increased impairment, the problem may be something other than cerebral palsy.

    From the NINDS Cerebral Palsy Information Page

     
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    Old 09-01-2004, 10:21 PM   #2
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    Hmm...I never knew it wasn't progressive. Thanks for sharing that, as I was a little curious as to what to expect later in life.

     
    Old 09-02-2004, 06:51 AM   #3
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    It's not progressive, but the symptoms certainly manisfest themselves in different ways as you get older... I remember even a few years ago I was hardly ever in pain, but now pain is just a part of daily life for me. I also found out I've recently developed scoliosis on top of lordosis. I'm on an intensive stretching plan and I just started with a personal trainer in hopes of getting stronger and aleviating some of the symptoms

     
    Old 09-02-2004, 07:10 AM   #4
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    JellyRJFan,
    this is due to the wear and tear that CP causes on your muscles, joints, and bones. Some call it "muscle imbalance". As I said in another post, CP can make us old before our time...

     
    Old 09-02-2004, 11:51 PM   #5
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    This is really interesting--getting to learn about CP from an older person's perspective! Thanks guys!

     
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