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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder affecting movement, muscle tone, and coordination. It is caused by damage to the brain, most commonly occurring before, during, or shortly after birth. The damage to the brain affects the ability of the brain to control muscle tone and movement, leading to symptoms such as stiffness, weakness, and spasticity in the muscles. Symptoms can vary significantly from person to person and range from mild to severe. Patient Handling provide a range of equipment suitable to assist those with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions that affects a person’s capacity to move and maintain balance and posture. The illness is an acquired brain disorder caused by damage or abnormal development in the areas of the brain that control motion. These incidents can occur before, during, or shortly after birth, as well as in the first few years of life when the brain is still developing. In many situations, the precise cause of cerebral palsy remains unknown. CP is one of the most frequent motor impairments in childhood. Cerebral implies having something to do with the brain. The term palsy comes from the Greek word for “weakness.”

There are 4 main types of cerebral palsy. These are:

  •  Spastic: in which the muscles are weak and rigid, making movements difficult. On the same side of the body or on different limbs may be affected.
  • Dyskinetic (athetoid): in which the muscles move uncontrollably or cause involuntary postures. The muscles of the arms, legs, and body contract and relax. If facial and tongue muscles are affected, talking may be difficult and drooling may occur.
  • Ataxic: in which is caused by problems with balance and coordination, which makes movements appear jerky and clunky. Symptoms generally include unsteady walking and difficulty with rapid movement. Shaking of the hands may occur in individuals with ataxic cerebral palsy.
  • Mixed: in which the person shows a range of the above characteristics.

Patient Handling provides a range of equipment suitable to assist those with cerebral palsy.

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