Cerebral palsy CP is a group of nervous system disorders that cause muscle coordination problems and other movement issues. It may be caused by injury or infection during pregnancy or during or after birth. It may also be the result of genetic mutations. No matter the cause, CP occurs early in life.
Cerebral Palsy in Adults
Emerging Issues in Cerebral Palsy Associated With Aging: A Physiatrist Perspective
Cerebral palsy CP , the most common major disabling motor disorder of childhood, is frequently thought of as a condition that affects only children. Deaths in children with CP, never common, have in recent years become very rare, unless the child is very severely and multiply disabled. Thus, virtually all children assigned the diagnosis of CP will survive into adulthood. Attention to the adult with CP has been sparse, and the evolution of the motor disorder as the individual moves through adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and old age is not well understood.
Living as an Adult with Cerebral Palsy
The population of adults diagnosed with cerebral palsy CP is increasing along with the survival rate of children born with the disability. Adults with CP need health services for the continued monitoring and management of their condition. Moreover, the development of additional health problems in adulthood increases the need for ongoing access to health services. Adults with CP manifest a higher rate of chronic health conditions and eventual decline in strength and functional reserve, deterioration in physical activity, increased risk of musculoskeletal complications, and gradual changes in swallowing ability.
Raising a child with any disability requires compassion and understanding. As your child begins to transition into adulthood , there are likely to be many obstacles, as well as reasons to celebrate. Parents and caregivers will begin to notice some important changes taking place as their child matures into adulthood.