Menu Icon Search
Close Search

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Created July 11, 2017 by Open Osmosis

You are probably familiar with the scissor gait or toe walk sometimes seen in people with cerebral palsy, but what is it exactly? Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a wide range of issues that have to do with muscle movements that result from some trauma or injury to the brain during development. This video covers the three primary categories of cerebral palsy—spastic, dyskinetic, and ataxic. It also covers other symptoms and common treatment methods.

For more free videos from Open Osmosis or to subscribe click here.

This video is brought to you by Osmosis. Along with providing open-access videos, Osmosis offers a comprehensive personalized learning platform for medical & health science students perform with tens of thousands of practice flashcards and questions. For more information, visit

// Share //

// Recent Articles //

  • When You Start To Grow Apart: Challenges of a Medical Marriage

  • Posted November 2, 2017 by Amy Rakowczyk
  • 10-24 hour shifts. Call days. Night float. Step prep. Away rotations. The nature of medical training involves long and sometimes stressful days. On a typical day, your spouse might leave for work as the sun is rising (or setting!) and will be gone all day in their medical world. You’re not sure what they do...VIEW >
  • Q&A with Dr. Knut Schroeder, General Practitioner

  • Posted November 1, 2017 by Gloria Onwuneme
  • Dr. Knut Schroeder is a practicing  GP in Bristol, UK; a freelance medical author, and founder and director of Expert Self Care Ltd, a social enterprise which freely provides healthcare information via mobile apps. The company’s mission is to empower people to look after their own health and to know when to seek help. The...VIEW >
  • Why Medical Students Need To Understand Statistics: An Interview With a Patho-Geneticist

  • Posted November 1, 2017 by Wyzant
  • Dr. Mary Jean M. has spent the last decade researching in various laboratories, from plant sciences, developmental biology, immunology, cancer biology, and parasitology. She is a patho-geneticist and loves every facet of infectious disease research and biostatistics, from understanding the population dynamic of life to the intricacies of the microscopic world.  Related...VIEW >
  • Residency Interviews: Confirming Your Decision

  • Posted October 30, 2017 by Brent Schnipke
  • Last month I wrote about the process of applying for residency, and noted how this process, albeit late in medical school, can be an important component of a medical student’s decision to pursue a certain specialty. Following the application submission, many students breathe a sigh of relief, but the months that follow often continue to...VIEW >
  • Med School Medicine vs. Real World Medicine

  • Posted October 27, 2017 by Short Coat Podcast
  • In migrant health clinics, the ideal world of medicine goes out the window. In Iowa and many other states, migrant workers are a big part of the economy.  Many of these people don’t have time for and can’t afford regular medical care.  But leaving them without care isn’t an option, either.  Fortunately, there are organizations...VIEW >
  • Why is this newborn hypotonic?

  • Posted October 27, 2017 by Figure 1
  • A full-term infant male is born to a healthy 32-year-old female. Newborn examination reveals generalized hypotonia, a distended abdomen with visible peristalsis and thin wrinkled skin, and an empty scrotum. A sweep along the inguinal canals bilaterally indicates that both testes are present. Which of the following is this patient most likely to develop? Related...VIEW >
  • Q&A with Dr. Nikki Stamp, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

  • Posted October 26, 2017 by Gloria Onwuneme
  • Dr Nikki Stamp is a cardiothoracic surgeon in Sydney, Australia. As one of only nine cardiothoracic surgeons in Australia, she is also a strong advocate for women in surgery and other professional positions traditionally occupied by men, and for doctors’ well-being and prevention and management of mental health issues amongst doctors. Dr Stamp is also...VIEW >

// Forums //