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Cerebral palsy (CP) is a movement disorder that usually arises during infancy or childhood. Early intervention is essential, as it can help children overcome many of the most challenging symptoms.
If you think your child may be experiencing cerebral palsy symptoms in Northern California, meet with a neurologist at Dignity Health North State for personal care. Find a Doctor at one of our nearby neurology centers:
Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders that cause trouble with physical movement. This chronic (lifelong) condition is due to abnormalities in the regions of the brain that control muscle movement and balance. While there is no cure for the disease, cerebral palsy treatments can help alleviate symptoms.
Researchers do not yet know exactly what causes cerebral palsy brain abnormalities. Most children are born with the condition, but it is not hereditary. Other children develop CP due to brain trauma, insufficient oxygen to the brain prior to birth or during delivery, premature birth, intrauterine growth restriction, or an infection (like meningitis) early in life.
Because the condition affects the parts of the brain responsible for muscle movement, the earliest cerebral palsy symptoms include problems with balance and walking in toddlers.
Other signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy can include:
Treatments for cerebral palsy focus on improving symptoms and may include:
Some children have mild symptoms that require modest treatment, while others have more severe symptoms that require additional support and care. Doctors at Dignity Health North State recognize that each child experiences cerebral palsy differently and offer all patients a personalized treatment plan. With early intervention, many children with cerebral palsy live full, rich lives.
Dignity Health North State cares for the mental, physical, and spiritual needs of patients with cerebral palsy in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.