Teen with cerebral palsy Plays basketball

In a heartwarming story, a teenager with cerebral palsy entered a game of basketball and contributed points for his team.

The young man did not expect to actually play after his coach asked him to suit up and was content with just wearing the uniform. But little did he know that in the fourth quarter he would get to see the action.

With the basket made, the gym erupted in cheers. A moment this young man will soon not forget.

Cerebral palsy refers to a number of neurological disorders that occur in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by abnormalities in the areas of our brain that control muscle movements.

Cerebral palsy at birth can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma to the head.

Although it is not easily detectable at birth, most of the children with cerebral palsy are born with it.  The most common symptoms are:

  •  lack of muscle coordination
  • stiff or tight muscles
  • walking with one foot or leg dragging;

Treatment

Presently, there is no cure for Cerebral palsy, but a variety of treatment modalities such as physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, drugs and surgery are utilized to enhance the everyday life of a patient. .

Medical devices from wheel chairs to speech assistance devices can be used to allow a child to live the best life possible.

If you or a loved one have questions about what caused your loved one’s cerebral palsy consider having a lawyer investigate for on your behalf.