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Understanding cerebral palsy

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Attorney Ronald E. Johnson of Schachter & Hendy concentrates on legal issues surrounding children's birth injuries.

Cerebral palsy is a form of injury due to birth trauma. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has information and resources for parents who want to know more about cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a type of neurological disorder that happens in babies and early childhood. It affects that child's body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral palsy is caused by problems in the parts of the brain that direct muscle movement. Most children who have cerebral palsy were born with it. The signs should occur before the child reaches 3 years of age.

The symptoms include:

  • lack of muscle coordination
  • stiff or tight muscles
  • exaggerated reflexes
  • walking while dragging one foot
  • walking on the toes
  • a crouched walk
  • floppy or stiff muscle tone
For more information, contact NINDS at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
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