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Cerebral Palsy Statistics

The Becker Law Firm, LPA

Cerebral palsy—both the causes and treatments—has been arduously studied by doctors and researchers for decades. Diagnosis of a child’s cerebral palsy can be heart-wrenching for parents, particularly when they have little familiarity with this condition. Some background information and statistics can help as family members cope with understanding the lifelong care and treatment that will be necessary.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a physical disability that that impairs a person’s ability to move. It does this not by affecting the muscles, but by affecting the brain and thereby its ability to communicate with those muscles. The effects are vast—it can limit body movement, coordination, muscle tone, balance and posture, as well as motor skills. People with cerebral palsy often have other limitations—intellectual disabilities, impaired hearing or vision, and seizures, among others. There is no known cure, though there are treatments and therapies that can alleviate some of the effects. CP is a permanent, lifelong condition that varies in severity from individual to individual. Some people with cerebral palsy can live independent and productive lives. On the other end of the spectrum, some require specialized twenty-four hour care for their entire lives.

Cerebral Palsy Statistics

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There is much that we do not know about cerebral palsy, but our understanding of this disability increases every year. As our knowledge base grows, our ability to prevent cerebral palsy and our ability to alleviate some of its harsher effects increases, as well. There’s no way to know whether it will ever be eradicated, but for now we can give better lives to those people who live with it every day. If you have questions about cerebral palsy birth injuries, contact us at (440) 252-4399, or send us your questions online.

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