Cerebral palsy has affected over 500,000 children and adults throughout the country. Unfortunately this disorder has no cure. There are some treatments that will help to relieve some of the symptoms but for the most part it is not going to make it go away entirely.
Cerebral palsy affects the muscle tone, movement and motor skills. Generally the main cause of this disorder is brain damage that occurs during birth. But there are some instances that it has happened after birth.
Cerebral palsy has different types, the three different types are spastic cerebral palsy, athetoid cerebral palsy, and ataxic cerebral palsy.
Each of these types will affect you differently. Spastic will cause stiffness and make movement very difficult, they will be jerky movements rather then smooth. Athetoid causes random and involuntary movements throughout your entire body, including your face. Ataxic cerebral palsy will cause poor coordination of movements, and your balance and coordination will make it difficult to walk. This type of cerebral palsy is rare, but it does affect more then enough people.
No matter which type of cerebral palsy you have it will affect muscle control and coordination making the normal routines very difficult to do such as breathing, going to the bathroom, or eating. Living with cerebral palsy is extremely difficult, and it’s also hard for the caretaker as well. It can easily become very frustrating, but it should be kept in mind that it’s also very hard for the person that is dealing with the disorder. Someone suffering from cerebral palsy is not necessarily dumb, they just can not articulate themselves because of the part of their brain that the cerebral palsy has affected. Imagine if you all of a sudden was unable to speak would that mean that you should be considered dumb. No you shouldn’t just because you all of a sudden was unable to communicate verbally doesn’t mean that you are dumb. Keep that in mind.
It’s important that you look into the many different treatments for cerebral palsy, because they will help to alleviate some of the symptoms of the disorder. Some of these treatments will include physical therapy, speech therapy, and botox injections. I understand you may feel like what’s the point of doing therapy if it is not going to completely get rid of all of the symptoms, but if you were given the chance to be able to function a bit easier wouldn’t you want to take advantage of it, and this is what some of these therapy treatments will do for you.