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Chronic pain cited by 25 percent of young cerebral palsy patients

Cerebral palsy is a disability in which the brain of those impacted is damged which results in problems with movement and motor function. Those impacted by cerebral palsy have abnormal muscle tone and many must eventually rely upon a wheelchair to get around. Many individuals with cerebral palsy also have difficulty verbally communicating which can make identifying and managing the adverse side effects of cerebral palsy challenging.

A recent study shows that many children with cerebral palsy also suffer chronic pain. In fact, researchers determined that roughly 25 percent of children with cerebral palsy also suffer from some form of chronic pain most readily tied to hip problems which are likely exacerbated by attempts at walking and general leg movement.

The study's results are significant, as many children with cerebral palsy are not able to verbally communicate. It's critical therefore that doctors and health care providers take steps to ask those who suffer from cerebral palsy to express ideas and thoughts related to pain and discomfort and take steps to proactively manage chronic pain.

Like all individuals living with disabilities, those with cerebral palsy face many challenges. Not only must these individuals deal with the pain and discomfort associated with their condition, both they and their families often struggle financially. Expenses associated with the medical care and physical accommodations needed to care for an individual with a serious mental, developmental or physical disability are often great.

For individuals living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, social security disability benefits can provide much-needed financial assistance. An attorney who is well-versed in matters related to SSD benefits and the application process can be an important resource in helping assist individuals in obtaining disability benefits.

Source: Disability Scoop, "Study: 1 In 4 With Cerebral Palsy In Pain," Michelle Diament, July 26, 2013

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