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What is wrong with my baby How did this happen What types of treatment are actually available Is my baby going to have this disease for life These are the types of questions that are being asked by parents after finding out that their baby has Cerebral Palsy Cerebral Palsy is a collection of motor disorders resulting from damage to the brain that occurs before during or after birth The damage of the childs brain affects the motor system and as a result the child has poor coordination poor balance or abnormal movement patterns or a combination of these characteristics We are going to have answers for these questions by looking at the different types causes treatment and the prognosis of Cerebral Palsy Cerebral Palsy may be classified either by the type of movement problem Spastic Athetoid or Ataxic It can also be by the body parts involved Legs only one arm one leg or all four limbs Motor ability and coordination vary greatly from one child to the next and there are very few statements that hold true for all children We are going to look at the type of movement problems Spastic is the most common type of Cerebral Palsy Spasticity means stiffness or tightness of the muscles The muscles are stiff because the message of the muscles is relayed incorrectly through the damaged part of the brain When people without Cerebral Palsy perform a movement some groups of muscles become tighter and some groups of muscles are relaxed In children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy both muscles become tighter This makes the movement difficult httpmembersiinetnetaucpawafactshtml 1998 Spacsticy can also be called Hypertonic Cerebral Palsy because there is in essence and over abundance of muscle tone According to wysiwygmain18httpgeocitiescomaneepcptypeshtml 50 of children with Cerebral Palsy have this type It is common but not the rule in
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