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Most births in this country are uncomplicated. However, approximately 100,000 babies born each year in the United States will be diagnosed with cerebral palsy before the age of three.

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term used to describe a multitude of symptoms that affects the cerebral area of the brain, the side of the brain responsible for motor skills and movement. Some cases of cerebral palsy can be traced to a lack of development in utero, and other cases can be attributed to damage to the brain before, during or after birth.Of the 100,000 children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year, about 10 percent are found to be due to a birth injury. Deprivation of oxygen during the birth process and difficult deliveries are believed to contribute to the diagnosis.

Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

Current regimes for treating the disorder include physical therapy, surgical intervention and drug therapies. Although these treatments may help reduce the symptoms, currently there is no treatment available to reverse the damage. It is permanent.

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