Even though medical advancements have increased the life expectancy of people with Cerebral Palsy, there is little to no research as to what the effects of aging will be on top of the disability. For people with CP they often face premature aging in early adulthood. After an entire lifetime of excess strain and stress on the body even for everyday tasks, most adults with CP will experience premature aging between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Even walking up a small flight of stairs may require all of the energy a person has. In reviewing the Clinical Signs and Symptoms associated with Spasticity, it is not difficult to understand the toll it takes on a persons body over the years.
The symptoms of premature aging include:
- Increased pain
- Difficulty walking or stiff muscles
- An increased risk of falls
- Dental health problems
- Long-term side effects due to medications and surgeries
Even though these symptoms overlap with other conditions that may arise in adulthood, they are important symptoms to be aware of. Untreated, any of these symptoms can worsen over time and result in serious health complications.