Cerebral palsy is a condition that demands life-long care. Unfortunately, as care progresses from pediatric to adult, those standards are often not met. A U.S. News report indicates that many adults living with cerebral palsy are not given access to the treatments and therapies they require, resulting in long-term harm. With new advances in cerebral palsy care and therapy, there is hope, however, both for the frequency of care needed and perhaps the overall volume required during adult life.
There are many causes of cerebral palsy but one of the most common is anoxia. When a child is deprived of oxygen during birth, this results in anoxia cerebral palsy (in contrast to hypoxia, which is an absence rather than complete deprivation). A new study conducted at Virginia Tech indicates that large doses of intensive therapy at a young age may be able to counter many of the most damaging impacts of anoxia cerebral palsy. The study found a greater arm and hand use following impairment.
Pairing intensive therapies with new ways to help children stimulate their minds when undergoing therapy, and that’s an important factor in itself. A related study by Virginia Tech found that horse riding could be a safe and effective therapy for children with this problem, as well as promoting cognitive development and learning. This can bring long-term therapeutic healing as well as provide a way for children to enjoy the therapy they’re undergoing without associating with the clinical setting. Read more about Get rid of Cankles; 4 effective exercises.
Perhaps the most important advancement in therapy will be the one that deals with awareness. New studies conducted by the National Library of Medicine have brought new importance to the benefits of lifelong neurological and physical therapy for people diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and with that new influence can be placed on federal policy. It’s often a matter of awareness between healthcare professionals, and the provision of funding, that are influential in the provision of healthcare for disabled people. New science showing just how impactful therapy can be, even in adult life, maybe a blessing.
For advancing the care of adults diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a whole-life approach is required. It starts as a child, but, arguably, must extend throughout adult life. Provision of care is key, and new science may back a change in that regard.