Cerebral\u00a0(of the brain)\u00a0Palsy\u00a0(lack\u00a0of muscle control)\u00a0or\u00a0"CP"\u00a0is\u00a0considered\u00a0a\u00a0neurological disorder that effects\u00a0hundreds of\u00a0thousands of children and\u00a0adults around the country.\u00a0The disorder often occurs during birth commonly due to complications\u00a0or medical negligence during the birth. Often though, symptoms due not appear immediately after the birth but can begin a couple years into the\u00a0child's\u00a0life. Leaving families confused and ill prepared for the journey ahead.\u00a0\r\nThe symptoms become much clearer when the child is first learning how to perform physical\u00a0tasks\u00a0such as walking, sitting upright, speaking, or even eating. CP directly effects a\u00a0child's\u00a0cognitive and verbal communication skills\u00a0by impeding control of their muscles functions such as balance, tone, reflex, coordination and movement. Depending on the severity level of CP, there can be other serious\u00a0symptoms such\u00a0as seizure or mental retardation. Typically, serious forms of the disorder are spotted during or shortly after pregnancy but milder\u00a0forms\u00a0can\u00a0appear\u00a0during parental supervision.\u00a0\u00a0\r\nParents should keep an eye out for these symptoms:\u00a0\r\n\r\n \tHypotonia\u00a0\r\n \tDystonia\u00a0\u00a0\r\n \tHypertonia\u00a0\r\n \tMuscle spasms\u00a0or\u00a0clonus\u00a0\r\n \tSpastic and mixed movements\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n \tToe walking\u00a0\u00a0\r\n \tIn\u00a0or\u00a0out toeing\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nHope isn't lost though. There\u00a0are\u00a0success stories where physical therapy and other practices can be used to provide a normal, almost\u00a0indistinguishable\u00a0quality of life compared to a person that hasn't suffered from CP.\u00a0\u00a0\r\nTake\u00a0Pierre's story\u00a0as an example. Born in 1994,\u00a0Pierre started his life with a fight. During\u00a0birth, the\u00a0mothers\u00a0umbilical\u00a0cord was found wrapped around his\u00a0neck. After almost being delivered by\u00a0caesarean, the effects of the birth trauma\u00a0were\u00a0unclear until a few hours later when Pierre had his first seizure with\u00a0noticeable\u00a0symptoms of muscle contraction.\u00a0After countless test, it was found that he\u00a0had\u00a0developed\u00a0a blood clot in the cerebral cortex (part of the brain that controls sensory, motor functions, and association areas.) during birth. Physicians told\u00a0Pierre's\u00a0family that he would be\u00a0both permanently physically\u00a0and mentally impaired. They didn't take this lightly and immediately started to join support groups, study the disorder and drive support from their family and community. Through\u00a0diligent\u00a0research, his family found a class in Philadelphia that taught at-home physical therapy. After the\u00a0week-long\u00a0seminar, they returned home and began treatment using\u00a0therapeutic\u00a0practices such as placing Pierre on his tummy and oxygen enrichment treatments. Persistence was the motto this family followed and continued these practices for years, giving him the ability to walk, then run, and potentially play sports while performing very well in academic settings. That being\u00a0said, CP and other forms of birth trauma are not a death sentence, in fact, people that suffer from\u00a0these disorders go on to live meaningful lives.\u00a0\u00a0\r\nSupport groups are often recommended when coping with a child suffering from a disability or\u00a0neurological\u00a0disorder. Roughly\u00a08,000\u00a0families\u00a0a year give birth to children\u00a0that have some sort of birth trauma leaving their child impaired. These\u00a0families\u00a0come\u00a0together,\u00a0draw\u00a0strength from one another and understand the obstacles that come with raising\u00a0their\u00a0newly diagnosed child. Which is helpful at times when a mother and father feel that they have\u00a0nowhere\u00a0else to turn.\u00a0\u00a0\r\nThere's never a\u00a0reason to give up hope, and the attorneys at Schachter, Hendy & Johnson know this better\u00a0than\u00a0anyone. We've fought for decades to ensure benefits for our\u00a0client's\u00a0children who have suffered Cerebral Palsy and other types of birth trauma. If you're feeling lost, confused or are just looking for advice, please don't hesitate to call us at 859-578-4444 or contact us online.\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nIf this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!