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Facts About Cerebral Palsy

You may have received news that your baby was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This can leave even the strongest individual overwhelmed, due to the emotional impact of discovering this news. You may also be questioned quite a bit regarding the condition, the prognosis of the child, and its treatment.

Accompanied by co-mitigating factors and secondary conditions, cerebral palsy can make it more of a challenge to come up with a diagnosis, and to create a plan for treatment.

Initially, it is important to embrace a life with a child sustaining cerebral palsy by developing an understanding regarding the condition, and its effects, which they will have on the health and development of the child.


Key Cerebral Palsy Conditions

Among the reasons physicians must administer prolonged tests over a long-term period of time is due to the fact this condition is normally accompanied by various conditions, which either exist independently or are related to cerebral palsy.

If you want to understand your child’s cerebral palsy, then it all begins with a clear understanding of the associated key conditions with the condition.


The existence of the conditions are due to a brain injury or defect at birth, and as found in neurological conditions that are similar they do not follow a progression.

The brain areas affected by deformation or by an injury can make it quite difficult for communication of the brain with other body areas.

The motor function becomes impaired, and there can be difficulty with moving or walking.

Tone off the muscles can be affected due to atrophy of impacted muscles due to inability of the brain for proper communication with the limbs that are affected.

This can exacerbate, over time, motor function difficulties due to muscles becoming too weak to perform as intended.

Children affected by cerebral palsy usually face challenges to maintain balance and proper posture. This is because the normal muscles used to support balance can become weakened and affected over time.

Despite any understanding or knowledge of language, individuals with this condition may have difficulty to form words because of an inability of communication of the brain with body muscles responsible for oral motor function.

Other vital functions are caused by these muscles performed. Oral motor function that is diminished can cause secondary conditions of cerebral palsy.

Secondary conditions of cerebral palsy happen as a result of arising complications from key conditions. Secondary conditions do not contribute directly to the cerebral palsy diagnosis.

Treatment and therapy may diminish the severity of the secondary conditions. In several cases, these conditions may not be progressive; it may even diminish a likelihood altogether of the occurrence.

Personal injury attorneys specializing in cerebral palsy typically understand that individuals may be scared, angry, or feel lost when discovering that a child was diagnosed with this catastrophic neurological condition.

Treating children with cerebral palsy can become quite costly. This makes matters virtually impossible to provide financially for a child without attaining compensation, whether through the negligent party liable for injuries of the child, or an insurance provider.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797

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