This post was last updated on February 7th, 2018
When diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, there are several issues that may arise for the physical well being of the person who receives the diagnosis. Learning what the other common issues may be can give a greater understanding about the individual. Understanding these potentially associated issues can ensure that you will be able to live your best life and have the best understanding of treatments and adjustments needed.
Osteoarthritis is something that is very common among people with Cerebral Palsy. With continuous joint pressure and abnormal placements of joint surfaces, arthritis tends to become a problem – usually later in life. For people who are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, it tends to happen sooner than with people who do not. Degenerate arthritis can also occur. Because of this, it can limit your mobility, which can also put you at a greater risk of nerve entrapments.
Depression is something that a lot of doctors don’t bring up or recognize when treating a patient with Cerebral Palsy. Mental illness is something that is very common with people who suffer from any disabilities, but it is very important and should be closely monitored. On average people with Cerebral Palsy have a 3 to 4 times greater risk to suffer from depression. Research has shown that the reason for this isn’t because of their disabilities, but because the issues faced in coping with it.
MILD TO SEVERE PAIN
As simple as it sounds, pain is something that is very common for people with Cerebral Palsy. The spectrum of pain varies because of many variables such as the type of Cerebral Palsy, age, and even your genetics. People who have CP are said to be at an higher risk than people with other types of Cerebral Palsy. Everybody is different, but the common places for people to feel pain is in their hips, knees, ankles, upper and lower back.
Treatment is very important and a very useful tool for pain. The main focus of treatment for people with chronic pain is to manage and fix muscular and skeletal abnormalities.
The great deal of stress on your body can create a lot of problems and force your body to overwork. For people with Cerebral Palsy, their organs have to work at an increased amount. That paired with possible anxiety and depression can wreak havoc on the body. With the many physical and emotional symptoms, it can force the body to age quicker.
Receiving a diagnosis or navigating life with Cerebral Palsy can be a scary time. Knowing the risk factors involved and taking the necessary actions can ensure the best life possible. Make sure to contact a doctor or specialist, research and understand everything that you can and stay on top of your overall health.