What is cerebral palsy and what treatments are available?

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy or CP, is an umbrella term for conditions caused by abnormal development of the nervous system in babies, prior to birth. This causes stroke like symptoms such as poor co-ordination, weakness of one or more limbs, and delayed physical development. The condition will vary widely from mild dragging of one leg, to being unable to fully control either arms or legs. In the early years, physiotherapy aims to enable the child to regain normal use of their body by stretches, exercises and balance work.


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Usually this treatment would be carried out at school, to reduce the interference with education as much as possible. As children with CP grow into adulthood, they may be faced with a new set of challenges, such as living and working independently, or coping with other injuries or changes.

Physiotherapy for the adult with CP aims to improve function as much as possible, whilst stretching out tight muscles and strengthening weakened ones. It is vital that the physiotherapist recognise the things that are important for a person, such as participating in sport, and tailor treatment to incorporate this, even if this means changes need to be made to the programme.