How common is cerebral palsy?


Cerebral palsy (CP) is a relatively common neurological condition that affects movement and coordination. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of cerebral palsy in the United States is approximately 3.3 per 1,000 live births. This means that for every 1,000 babies born, about 3 of them will develop cerebral palsy.

The prevalence of cerebral palsy varies by country, and it is generally higher in low- and middle-income countries where access to quality healthcare may be limited. However, the overall prevalence of cerebral palsy has remained relatively stable over time, despite advances in medical technology and care.

It is important to note that cerebral palsy is a heterogeneous condition, and the severity and symptoms can vary widely from person to person. Some people with cerebral palsy may have only mild symptoms, while others may have significant disabilities that affect their daily life. Early diagnosis and intervention can help improve outcomes for people with cerebral palsy.

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