Cerebral palsy

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An overview of the causes, symptoms and treatment of this group of disorders that affect a child's movements and posture.

Key points

  • Cerebral palsy is a term to describe a group of disorders that affect body movements and posture.
  • There is no cure for the condition, but therapy can help.
  • As many as five in 1000 babies born in North America have cerebral palsy.
  • Symptoms include tight muscles, difficulty moving and delayed motor development.
  • A few muscles or the whole body may be affected.
  • Physical therapy will likely be a big part of treatment.
Last updated: May 7th 2010