Cerebral palsy (CP) affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. It is usually caused by a brain injury or brain malformation that occurs before or during a child's birth or early in their development. CP often causes spasticity -- muscle stiffness that’s sometimes accompanied by jerky movement -- and can affect a child’s arms, legs, neck, chest, abdomen, and/or face. Children with CP can have associated hearing issues, vision problems, seizures, learning difficulties, inattention, hyperactivity, and cognitive impairments.
If Your Child Has or May Have CP
The first step is a thorough evaluation. Our doctors will perform a physical exam, learn about your child’s health history, and review MRI images of the brain and, in some cases, the spine. Your child may also need blood tests or other diagnostic tests to identify possible causes of symptoms. Our doctors will also evaluate your child for conditions that can occur with CP -- such as seizures, scoliosis, contractures (muscle tightness), acid reflux, and sleep problems -- and make referrals to specialists as needed. Your child’s primary care provider will continue to address preventative and primary care medical issues and will serve as part of your child’s overall care team.