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What causes cerebral palsy?

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2022 | Birth Injury |

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects movement and posture. It can occur in premature or full-term infants, children and adults. The condition has many different causes, and it can affect people differently. 

While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, treatment can help improve quality of life. 

There is no exact cause

The exact cause of cerebral palsy is often unknown, but it is most often attributed to damage to the developing brain. It may be due to an infection or a birth injury that results in a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Cerebral palsy (CP) can range from mild to severe, affecting any body part. People with cerebral palsy often struggle with fine motor skills, such as writing or using utensils. They may also have problems with gross motor skills, such as walking or sitting upright. In some cases, people with cerebral palsy may also experience seizures or other developmental disabilities.

There is no single treatment for cerebral palsy, as the condition can vary significantly from person to person. Treatment options tend to fall into three main categories: 

Medical treatments can help to improve muscle function and relieve pain.

Therapeutic interventions such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy can help with motor skills and daily living activities. Educational interventions can help individuals with cerebral palsy develop communication, social, and self-care skills. 

The best treatment plan will be tailored to the individual’s needs and abilities. However, early intervention provides the best opportunity to improve their quality of life. If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a birth injury during the delivery process, you have legal options that will help you get the compensation you need for your child’s needs.