Question: Is cerebral palsy painful?

Several scientific studies have identified pain as one of the most common problems experienced by individuals with CP, children and adults alike, and as many as 75% of adults with CP suffer from chronic pain. Pain in CP seems to be overlooked and insufficiently treated by caregivers and health professionals.

Why is cerebral palsy painful?

Spasticity, the most common form of Cerebral Palsy, causes pain because it causes functional problems that can lead to contractures and cartilage degeneration. Also, spasticity is linked to a chronic shortening and misalignment of muscles that require surgical and non-surgical interventions to correct.

Can a child grow out of cerebral palsy?

No, because Cerebral Palsy is a permanent condition with no known cure, a child will not outgrow Cerebral Palsy. This means that no matter what the symptoms are, the underlying cause of the symptoms will never go away.

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