In the United States it is estimated that 2 to 3 births in 1,000 will have Cerebral palsy which comes out to about 10,000 new cases each year. CP is a non-progressive brain disorder. The damage to the brain will not continue to worsen over time, but it is likely that the symptoms will change; some getting better, some getting worse. Most babies that have CP are born with it, but for some it can be a result of trauma during birth such as hypoxia or not getting enough oxygen to the brain.
Economic Statistics for Cerebral Palsy Patients
- Medical costs are 10 times higher for children with cerebral palsy
- Medical costs are 26 times higher for children with cerebral palsy who have an intellectual disability
- The total lifetime care costs of to take care of a child with cerebral palsy currently exceeds $1 Million
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Birth injuries that can result in cerebral palsy include:
- Misuse of assisted delivery tools
- Negligently allowing the baby to be deprived of oxygen
- Prolonged labor
- Failing to conduct a timely C-section or failing to schedule a C-section if needed
- Failure to diagnose infections in the mother, like meningitis
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There are three main types of Cerebral Palsy: spastic, athetoid and ataxic.
Spastic is the most common type of cerebral palsy. It accounts for 80 percent of the CP cases. Symptoms include jerky movements, muscle tightness and stiff joints. This type makes simple actions such as walking or picking up small objects small objects. Some children with spastic CP may develop coexisting conditions including ADHD or epilepsy.
Athetoid, also known as Dyskinetic cerebral palsy is characterized by involuntary movements. Children with this type of CP fluctuate between high muscle tone which causes stiffness and sore joints and low muscle tone which causes a kind of “floppiness” in limbs.
Ataxic cerebral palsy is the least common type accounting for only 5-10 percent of cases. Ataxia meaning lack of coordination causes balance and coordination problems and as well as tremors and speech problems.