The Effects Of CP ...
Cerebral Palsy Disease
Effects Of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects babies and children each year. It is not contagious, which means you cant catch it from anyone who has it . Cerebral palsy has something to do with the brain and weakness or problem in the way a person moves or sits.
As you look at the picture to the left that is an example of a little girl with cerebral palsy.
Hospital locations that have a cerebral palsy program.
Texas Childrens Hospital
Seattle Childrens Hospital
Boston Childrens Hospital
Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital and Etc.
Find A Cure For Cerebral Palsy
Friday, May 31st, 9:30am-3:30pm
They are having an event and raising money for kids who have Cerebral Palsy .
It will be located at the Dallas Community Center.
In Arlington .
Types and Forms of Cerebral Palsy
What Form of Cerebral Palsy Does My Child Have?
Why Does One Doctor Classify Cerebral Palsy in this Manner,
While the Other Doctor Labels it in Another?
Why Does Classifying Cerebral Palsy Seem So Confusing?
Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain or by abnormal brain development. Although the injury is neurological in nature, it produces affects to the body that impair movement, coordination, balance and posture, which are mostly orthopedic in nature. There are various types of cerebral palsy.
To complicate matters, there are secondary conditions caused by the motor impairment, as well as other co-mitigating factors which contribute to the child’s impairment. Every child is unique with varying degrees of impairment. Classification is important in understanding the individual child’s impairment, and for coordinating management of care.
The Classification Preference Changes Based on Intended Use
Professionals who specialize in treatment of cerebral palsy approach the condition from a number of different vantage points. An orthopedic surgeon requires a definition of the limbs affected and the extent of impairment in order to direct treatment.
Neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists, on the other hand, are more concerned with the cause of the brain abnormality and descriptors for imposing white and gray matter in an effort to determine the type of brain injury or brain malformation. They are also concerned with diagnosing the extent and severity level of the child’s cerebral palsy.
At first, a parent may be concerned with the severity level classification – mild, moderate or severe – in order to better understand the child’s impairment or disability. When meeting with the child’s pediatrician or physical therapist, it is useful to understand the topographical distribution of the impairment – the limbs and the sides of the body affected by brain damage. It also clarifies plegia (paralysis) or paresis (weakened) condition.
Government agencies and school administrators may be more concerned with classification systems that gauge the level of impairment against the level of severity in order to plan and administer benefit programs and educational resources for the child.
Researchers are interested in utilizing a universally accepted classification system, such as the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), to increase consistency in studies and expand the ability to trend prevalence, life expectancy, societal impact, and prevention measures