Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive health condition which means it does not necessarily worsen over time. However, there are unfortunately some potential health issues and long-term concerns that may become pronounced as a child ages. Some of the long-term health concerns include:
- Problems with eyesight that may make school, driving, and other activities difficult
- Cognitive and learning disabilities that can make schooling difficult to handle
- Flexibility and motor control problems that may become more restrictive for a child’s lifestyle
- Disability-related stress that can create significant emotional and behavioral problems
There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy but treatments such as therapy, medication, or in some cases surgery can help improve the disorder. These treatments are often long-term due to the fact that there is no cure. Children who require such long-term care may require assistance with a medical care team. This team may include a pediatrician or physiatrist, orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, or special education teacher.