ABOUT CEREBRAL PALSY
It is the most common physical disability in childhood.
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of disorders. It is a condition that is permanent, but not unchanging.
It can range from weakness in one hand, to an almost complete lack of voluntary movement. People with significant physical disability may require 24 hour a day care.
Spastic hemiplegia, where one half of the body has difficulty with voluntary movement, is the most common presentation of cerebral palsy. Approximately 40 per cent of people with cerebral palsy have hemiplegia.
Medical specialists may prescribe medications that assist movement issues. Some medications are taken orally and others are injected or delivered through surgically implanted pumps. Many children with cerebral palsy benefit from Botulinum toxin type A injections into muscles affected by spasticity.