An overview of cerebral palsy

Lucinda J. Carr

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

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Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

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An overview of cerebral palsy

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Cerebral palsy is a permanent disorder of movement or posture due to non-progressive lesions of the immature brain

Magnetic resonance imaging is generally recommended and can provide important prognostic information

Only a minority of cases are due to birth trauma

Modern classification systems incorporate function as well as anatomical involvement

Management aims to maximize a child’s potential both as an individual and within society. Other associated conditions may impact on quality of life and participation

Multidisciplinary involvement is essential with use of physiotherapy, orthotics, and tone management (focal and systemic) as necessary.

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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Reproduction, Growth and Development ; Neurology

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