Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects the majority of people and is the most common type of physical disability. It is estimated that 1 in 400 babies born in the UK has a type of cerebral palsy. This blog looks at what is cerebral palsy is and how they live their everyday life.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a disorder of movement and posture that appears during infancy or early childhood resulting from damage to the brain. The damage to the brain is permanent and cannot be cured but the earlier we start with intervention the more improvement can be made. It is caused by damage in the cerebral cortex, where it made up of tightly packed neurons and is the wrinkly, outermost layer that surrounds the brain. It plays a key role in attention, perception, awareness, thought, memory, language, and consciousness.
The different types of cerebral palsy
There are different types of cerebral palsy such as:
· Quadriplegia = Both arms and legs are affected. The muscles of the trunk, face and mouth are often also affected.
· Diplegic = Both legs are affected
· Hemiplegic = One side of the body (one arm and one leg) is affected.
A brain scan may be used to look for signs of cerebral palsy:
· Cranial ultrasound scan – a small handheld device that sends out sound waves is moved over the top of the child's head to create an image of their brain
· MRI scan – a scanner that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a more detailed image of the brain
· CT scan – a scanner that takes several X-ray pictures to create a detailed image of the brain
How to live with cerebral palsy
People who have cerebral palsy can still live a normal life. Our Founder and CEO suffers from cerebral palsy and she lives her life as normal, here what she says:
“Throughout my life with CP, going to hospital appointments, being in wheelchairs, getting casts and surgeries made me feel like I was different than all the rest of children who didn’t get cerebral palsy. However, as you grow up, you realize that your disability is unique and considered as a superpower, and my story has now brought different opportunities to share my story” – Pravjoth Gill