Doctors alone are not experts on the life expectancy for individuals with cerebral palsy. Only a physician is qualified to appraise the individual, and only a statistician or actuary is qualified to relate the appraisal into a life expectancy for individuals with cerebral palsy. Life expectancy for adults and children with cerebral palsy has many factors such as the type, severity and associated disabilities, as well as the quality of care involved.
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What’s the problem?
When a person has a disability such as cerebral palsy, it leads many to wonder if it will affect that person’s longevity. Cerebral palsy life expectancy rates are difficult to determine. People with the condition may be affected by numerous complications that can affect their health and alter the course of their life.
The first thing that you need to understand when examining cerebral palsy and life expectancy rates is that there are no hard and fast statistics. The life expectancy for a person with cerebral palsy can range from 30 years of age to age 60 or 70. People with rigidity and severe spasticity are likely to have shorter life expectancy, while people with mild to moderate cerebral palsy complications are likely to live longer.
Additionally, it has been found that there is a decline in motor functions of cerebral palsy patients. They may need repeated surgeries to tackle spasticity related problems. The ability to walk or to be active affects life expectancy in cerebral palsy. The more mobile the patient is, the greater is his or her life expectancy. Adult as well as young cerebral palsy patients with low mobility have low cerebral palsy life expectancy.
It is clear that stress should be given on improving motor skills in childhood, with the aim of improving the life expectancy of cerebral palsy patients. Physical therapy for cerebral palsy, in the form of exercises, to promote muscle strengthening must be looked into, in order to avoid surgeries and promote social and independence skills and educational achievements which can boost the morale. Training in maintaining good seating posture combined with treatment for reduction of pain due to stiffened joints, may help in avoiding postural scoliosis. Good health care and fiber rich and low fat diets may help these patients achieve maximum cerebral palsy life expectancy.
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