There are different types of cerebral palsy, the type depends on which part of the brain has been damaged. Cerebral palsy is caused by injury or damage to the brain. This is more likely to happen in the womb when the brain is most delicate as it is still developing. 1 in 400 babies born in the UK have cerebral palsy. 80% of babies that are born with cerebral palsy are expected to have sustained damage to the brain. This is because of complications in the womb.
Cerebral palsy is a term that is used to describe a motor order or a physical condition, it doesn’t refer to a particular disease or illness.
The four types are ataaxic cerebral palsy, athetoid cerebral, spasitic cerebral palsy and mixed cerebral palsy.
Ataxic cerebral palsy: difficulty in speech, shaky hand movements, loss of balance and coordination.
Athetoid cerebral palsy: this type of cerebral palsy often causes involuntary movements because there is a loss of muscle control. It is also difficult to control posture and movements.
Spastic cerebral palsy: muscle weakness and body stiffness.
Mixed cerebral palsy: this type of cerebral palsy is when people have two or more types of cerebral palsy from the list above.
Cerebral Palsy Support In The Home
West Midlands Home Care offers people that suffer with cerebral palsy support in the home. We understand that people that have cerebral palsy do not have the same symptoms as each other. Common problems could include having stiff hand muscles, this makes grasping objects difficult. Everyday tasks such as dressing, preparing meals and personal care become difficult.
We offer you support at home according to your needs as no two people are the same. We can also take you to any appointments you may have or go shopping with you. One of the treatments of cerebral palsy is regular strengthening exercises with a physiotherapist.
If you have cerebral palsy you may be restricted physically to some extent, this does not stop you having interest and hobbies.
Cerebral palsy can not be cured, depending on the type of cerebral palsy symptoms can be eased. Medication can be used to help with the muscles and also to manage hyperactivity. Physiotherapy can help strengthen muscles, and also can help to relieve stiff muscles. Physiotherapy also reduces the risk of deterioration. Language and speech therapies are used to support a person’s speech patterns.
Cerebral Palsy Support Groups In The UK
If you or a loved one has cerebral palsy there are lots of cerebral palsy support groups in the UK. You will have access to tips, advice, and guidance related to cerebral palsy. Which will help you learn more about your condition.
www.cerebralpalsy.org.uk is full of useful information.
Scope is a disability equality charity which has some useful information about Cerebral palsy. West Midlands Home Care works with people who have cerebral palsy, we believe that companionship is important for adults with the condition. Someone they can speak to, someone who spends time with them and enjoys each others company. Feel free to contact us to have a chat about your requirements.