Cerebral Palsy in Adults

Cerebral Palsy in adults is usually described as Chronic Movement Disorder, in which it affects the body movement and muscular coordination. This was caused by the damaged to several areas of the brain that normally occurs during the time of birth.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) studies shows that 65-90 percent of the children who has Cerebral Palsy reach adulthood.

Cerebral Palsy may be regard as non-progressive illness however it is associated with secondary health conditions such us muscle stiffness, pain and emotional distress.

The treatment for adults with Cerebral Palsy is complex since only few medical practitioners are familiar with the condition. Obtaining treatment for a certain condition and disability may be hard to achieve, as a results large number of patients remain untreated especially with adult ones. One of the untreated issues is dental problem, dentists are usually hesitant to handle patients with Cerebral Palsy because they cannot remain still and this may result to further complications if dentist would fail to handle the patient properly.

Arthritis also manifest with cerebral palsy patients. Due to the movement abnormalities, as they grow older the risk to have osteoarthritis and degenerative arthritis is increasing. It is evident with cerebral palsy patient in their early thirty’s. Some people believe that this is related to intensive therapy during earlier age. Long-term consequence is uncertain at this time but it is definitely important.

Adults with Cerebral Palsy often experienced pain, be it short term or long term. The most common areas where someone experienced pain is on his/her hips, knees, ankles, upper back and lower back. It affects the physical and mental functioning of the person. This may also result to the reduction of productivity. According to the survey held in Seattle, Washington, 67% of the reported pain of one or more areas last up to 3 months while 56% said that paid occurred daily. It was reported that 67% suffers from chronic pain, 24% reported to have constant pain and 19% reported to suffer from pain that occurs daily. That is why it is important to effectively manage the pain.

From a recent study, it suggests that Cerebral Palsy patients will eventually suffer from inability to walk and motor malfunction. These musculoskeletal problems would possibly result to repeated orthopedic surgeries.

Additional common health issues that are evidently found in men and women with Cerebral palsy is that organs are rapidly aging and quickly tiring. Adults with CP should regularly visit their doctors to monitor health closely.

According to studies, the life expectancy for adults who has severe Cerebral Palsy range up to 30 years while those who has moderate CP can range up to 60 to 70 years. The adult who only suffers from mild disability and no manifestation of other impairments usually lives a normal life. Life expectancy for Cerebral Palsy patients’ life expectancy may not be definite. What is important is that these people who suffer from disabilities may receive the suitable care for their health. Living a happy life would definitely increase or extend the life expectancy. It is also important to have a good nutrition. Intake of food that is high in fiber and low in fat should be continuous.

Individuals who suffer from Cerebral Palsy may develop emotional distress especially if they experience difficulty adapting on their situation. It is normal if they feel frustrated due to limited movements and activities. Some may feel anger or sadness because of the challenges of living independently.

Treatment, educational availabilities and support of the family members will help the adult who has Cerebral Palsy to work and live indepently.

More Articles