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Cerebral Palsy in Adults

Cerebral palsy in adults is used to describe a variety of chronic movement disorders affecting body and muscle coordination, caused by damage to one or more areas of the brain that occurred around the time of birth. Even though it is considered a non-progressive condition, secondary conditions usually found with cerebral palsy in adults, such as muscle tightness and other internal distress can get worse over time. Due to certain physical limitations and emotional changes that come with age, specialized research on cerebral palsy in adults is critical.

As evident with cerebral palsy in adults, as patients grow older the need for more specialized care becomes evident. As with any aging individual, exercise becomes an integral role in preventative healthcare. However, with the varying degrees of cerebral palsy in adults, it becomes difficult to determine what types of exercise are best suited to maintain health factors. Cardio-pulmonary conditioning, physical strength, coordination, weight control, joint mobility, and bone density are all crucial to proper aging. Because stamina, muscle tone, coordination, muscle tone, and pulmonary capacity vary greatly between individuals, medical professionals cannot make recommendations regarding the type, frequency, and duration of exercise that would be beneficial for all patients. Studies show that many physical difficulties that accompany aging in the non-disabled population can be alleviated with exercise, and people with cerebral palsy could realize similar benefits. Exercise has already been beneficial in reducing depression, commonly diagnosed with cerebral palsy in adults. Aging can also produce severe anxiety in adults with cerebral palsy. The aging process begins earlier because of over stressed muscles, and people in their 30’s and 40’s have a difficult time dealing with problems their peers will not experience for another two decades.

Treamtent for cerebral palsy in adults is not easy because few medical professionals are familiar with their condition, and so getting treatment for their specific condition and disability is harder to obtain. This results in many medical problems going untreated, with many older patients feeling that their disability is related to them no getting the proper treatment in non-related health issues. Dental care has been one of the bigger issues associated with cerebral palsy in adults. Patients say that some dentists are reluctant to treat patients that cannot remain still. Spasticity tends to make routine examinations and other treatments problematic. This has resulted in many adults with cerebral palsy having periodontal disease.

The early onset of arthritis and arthritic-like joints, often in their early 30’s, is also a concern with cerebral palsy in adults. A growing number of people feel that this could be related to intensive therapy at an early age. It is currently unknown what the long-term affects of these treatments are, however they are definitely important.

Disabled or non-disabled, aging takes its toll on everyone. Each situation, for each individual must be analyzed to determine his or her crisis, or needs. Regardless, the right aid and companionship can greatly alleviate the stress and hardships faced with cerebral palsy in adults.

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