People Living with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy results from damage to the brain caused by problems in the birth process, abnormalities occurring in the developing fetal brain, or brain trauma sustained in infancy, such as an accident or fall.
Adults with cerebral palsy often must deal with:
- Aging too quickly
- Problems functioning at work
- Fatigue, pain and weakness
- High blood pressure
- Difficulty swallowing
Formerly, children with cerebral palsy didn't live into adulthood. Today, though, improved therapies have extended the lives of children and adolescents living with this disorder. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke lists the following treatments as often helpful to people living with disabilities caused by cerebral palsy:
- Physical therapy helps with problems in walking, gait and spasticity
- Occupational therapy improves the lives of patients, teaching them special techniques to deal with everyday activities such as dressing
- Drugs can control seizures and muscle spasms as well as pain
- Mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walkers help patients get around
- Surgery aids with problems of the bones and muscles; for example, patients with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine associated with cerebral palsy, often can be helped by surgery
- Computers and Voice Synthesizers help patients with speaking problems
- Counseling and behavioral therapy help patients respond to emotional and social difficulties
Chat rooms are available for cerebral palsy patients, allowing them to share ideas and feelings that their physical and emotional problems cause.
Children Living with Cerebral Palsy
Many of the above treatments are valuable to children as well as adults facing cerebral palsy. The main goal of treating children is to enable them to become adults and live as happily and independently as possible. Especially important is counseling for adolescents who need help dealing with their peers and their families.
Families with Children with Cerebral Palsy
Support by parents and siblings is an essential part of helping children deal with their disorder. While today's treatments are valuable in helping people cope with this condition, much of a patient's progress occurs away from therapists' and doctors' offices. Their treatment must be supplemented by the patient working on their problems at home.
If you or a loved one is living with cerebral palsy and you would like more information and resources to help with the condition, contact our cerebral palsy attorneys. We can help you understand your treatment options as well as provide you an evaluation to determine if you qualify to seek and recover compensation.