Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common childhood physical disability that affects body movement and posture. CP is caused from damage to the brain very early in life. It is characterized by motor impairment and can present along with global physical and mental dysfunctions.
Signs and Symptoms
CP ranges from mild to severe and will include different presentations for each individual. CP is non-progressive and does not worsen over time; however, the body may adapt and change throughout child development. CP may include a limited joint range of motion, frequent reflexive movements, altered muscle tone, various body postures, and challenges with movements and other physical findings.
How Physiotherapy Can Help
While CP cannot be cured, physiotherapy can help deal with the symptoms, prevent problems, and maximize the child’s quality of life. In collaboration with other healthcare professionals, physiotherapy plays an important role in eliciting the child’s potential.