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In the past, cerebral palsy was related to birth asphyxia and trauma. Intellectual functioning in a child born with cerebral palsy can widely range depending on the severity of the injury to the brain, and if the symptoms directly related to the disease do not worsen the condition. As more information is learned about cerebral palsy, studies have suggested birth asphyxia may not be to blame for the majority of cerebral palsy cases. Though affected brain areas receive lower levels of oxygen at some point, it is not known exactly why this occurs.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy, and treatment for the condition is created on an individual basis. The goal of cerebral palsy treatment is usually to allow the patient to become as independent as possible, but cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder that can require long-term care despite the variety of methods available for patients.
Unfortunately, major improvements in obstetrical care have failed to make a dent on cerebral palsy incidence. Researchers continue studying ways to prevent, treat and better cope with cerebral palsy, and breakthroughs are being made everyday giving hope to the hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering with some degree of cerebral palsy. Because of the exciting breakthroughs in recent years, we have provided a news and articles section to keep you up-to-date on the latest cerebral palsy information making headlines.
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