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Orthop Clin North Am. 2010 Oct;41(4):595-605. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2010.06.007.

The adult with cerebral palsy.

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  • Gillette Specialty Healthcare Northern Clinics, Duluth, MN 55805, USA. KMurphy@gillettechildrens.com


Advances in medical and surgical care over the past 20 years have resulted in children who formerly would have died at birth or infancy now surviving well into adulthood, many with permanent physical disabilities, including those caused by cerebral palsy. Inadequate medical and surgical diagnoses and intervention are prevalent in the adult cerebral palsy population. Decreased physical activity and participation in physical therapy and fitness programs, along with loss of strength, contractures, and pain are common factors in the loss of functional weight bearing, self-care, and daily performance over time. Increased awareness of these problems is needed by adult health care providers who provide care to these individuals and also by pediatric providers who may be able to intervene and prevent some of the long-term problems. Early identification and intervention in the child and younger adult remain the ideal in the pursuit of optimal musculoskeletal function and lifestyle throughout the adult years.

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