Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a term used to describe a group of non-contagious, non-progressive motor condition-related disabilities that affect various areas of body movement. The term cerebral refers to the cerebrum area of the brain, which is the section of the brain that is thought to be affected. However, this disorder most likely affects the connections between the cortex and other areas of the brain, such as the cerebellum. The term palsy refers to a disorder that is connected with movement.

Cerebral palsy is caused by the motor control centers of the brain sustaining damage during pregnancy (around 75%), during the process of childbirth (around 5%) or after birth (about 15%). The remaining percentage involves adults with CP, but not much has been studied about this, as of the present, since the main focus on this disorder currently involves pediatric cases.

The symptoms of cerebral palsy include limited mobility with accompanying problems with perception, sensation, communication, cognition and behavior issues along with epilepsy and musculoskeletal disorders.

None of the types of CP are curable and treatment of CP is confined to managing any complications that can arise from cerebral palsy along with the prevention of any further complications. A 2003 study indicated that the economic cost for those with CP (in the United States) averaged at $921,000 per person, annually (including lost income).

In some cerebral palsy cases, there is no cause that can be identified – but in others, the disorder has been related to issues associated with intrauterine development, hypoxia of the brain, asphyxia before birth and birth trauma that can occur during labor and delivery along with complications that arise during childhood. Cerebral palsy is also more common in cases of multiple births.

The University of Liverpool has conducted studies that have led to the conclusion that many instances of cerebral palsy (and other birth problems) can be related to the death of an identical twin in the very early stages of pregnancy. This can happen when the twins have joint blood circulation by both sharing the same placenta.

Please note that this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.

Cerebral palsy may prevent someone from seeking productive employment and enjoying a good quality of life. More detailed information, on Social Security claims, can be obtained by contacting Texas Social Security disability lawyer Gerard Lynch, serving clients in Sherman, Texas.

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