Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of non-progressive disorders that affect the body in terms of posture, balance, and movement. Very loosely translated, cerebral palsy means ‘brain paralysis.’ This is in reference to the damage or abnormality in the brain that causes loss of muscle control and movement symptomatic of the condition. There are different types of cerebral palsy such as spastic or pyramidal, dyskinetic or extrapyramidal, athetoid, ataxic, and mixed.

Cerebral palsy develops very early on in life – either in infancy or early childhood with the intensity of the symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms of cerebral palsy however do not progressively worsen over time. Cerebral palsy affects both males and females and is found across all races and socioeconomic types.

Alternative Names: CP