Book Chapter

Cerebral palsy

Prue Morgan, Jennifer L McGinley

BALANCE, GAIT, AND FALLS | Handbook of Clinical Neurology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a lifespan motor disorder arising from damage to the developing brain before or shortly after birth. People with CP may experience problems with muscle coordination and difficulties with the organization and processing of sensory information. Functional mobility is impaired and commonly influenced by spasticity and musculoskeletal system problems such as contractures or bony torsion. Around 60% of individuals with CP are able to walk independently or with aids when entering adulthood. However, many adults with CP experience increasing balance and mobility dysfunction associated with premature aging. Falls and reduced falls efficacy are commonly experienced, with associ..

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