A Few Interesting Facts About Cerebral Palsy

Facts About Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Facts

Cerebral Palsy is a group of disorders involving the brain and nervous system functions when damage is done to the brain before or at birth impaired by muscle coordination or other disabilities.

Did You Know
  • There are more boys born with cerebral palsy than girls (for every 100 girls there are 135 boys).
  • About one-half of children with cerebral palsy are born prematurely.
  • More than one-half of children with CP have hemiplegia (one side of the body is paralyzed, as typically seen in adult stroke).
  • Stroke in a baby or child less than the age of 3 can result in cerebral palsy.
  • One in nine people with cerebral palsy have features of autism 
  • One in four people with cerebral palsy have epileptic seizures.
  • Six out of 10 people with cerebral palsy have normal or superior intelligence!
  • About one in three children with cerebral palsy cannot walk.
  • About one in four children with cerebral palsy cannot feed or dress themselves.
  • The incidence and prevalence of cerebral palsy is rising worldwide. There are new treatments that must be tested to improve function and decrease the disability caused by CP. These include medications, regenerative techniques, physical and cognitive therapies, robotics, functional neuromuscular stimulation, biofeedback, and more.
  • Research into the cure, prevention and treatment of CP receives less than 0.05 percent of total NIH funding (Total NIH budget: $29 billion; only $16 million of this goes toward CP research).

By Jeff Rasansky

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