Cerebral Palsy and Post-Impairment Syndrome

This is a fairly common condition among adults with Cerebral Palsy.  It is difficult to identify as many of the symptoms mimic Cerebral Palsy and other related conditions.

Symptoms of Post-Impairment Syndrome are:

  • Weakness due to muscle abnormalities, bone deformities, overuse syndromes and arthritis
  • Increased pain
  • Fatigue
  • Repetitive strain injuries

Persons with Cerebral Palsy use more energy than able-bodied persons in regular activities of daily life.  This can result in Post-Impairment Syndrome.  Working with an occupational therapist, being vigilant with strengthening the muscles and stretching daily are the best ways to avoid developing this problem.

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