Cerebral Palsy Research Paper

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Stephany is my older sister, she is 23 years old and she is living with Cerebral Palsy (CP) along with many other disabilities. Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive disorder of motor function caused by irreversible damage to the immature brain (Okike). Okike’s Journal of Community Health states that this disorder may be associated with seizure, mental retardation, visual and hearing defects and it is a neurological disorder. However, CP appears in infancy or early childhood and permanently affects body movement and muscle coordination but doesn’t worsen over time. I decided to write about this disability because it’s important to expand our knowledge about the different kinds of disabilities that exist in society today.

Stephany was born
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In his article, he talks about how there is a small number of children who have cerebral palsy as the result of brain damage in the first few months or years of life, brain infections such as bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis, or head injury from a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or child abuse. However, sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cause for CP since it’s difficult to locate, therefore, my family never fully understood why my sister has her disability. The doctors told us she had Cerebral Palsy and that was that; they told us she would not be able to move properly or talk much at all, but she’s definitely proved them wrong.

I remember as a kid trying to to see if treatment was possible but the system is hard. They

made it nearly impossible to give her help and my mother being a single parent couldn’t
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This study assesses whether spinal fusion for scoliosis improves activity and participation for children with severe CP. The study done by Stewell and his colleagues was to see how spinal-related pain correlated most with change in activity and participation in both groups. They created 2 groups which would be an independent as well as a constant group that would be observed and assessed. In there findings they found out there was no difference in mobility, feeding or communication in either group before and after treatment. In children with significant scoliosis and CP, spinal fusion was associated with an improvement in activity and participation, whereas nonoperative treatment was associated with a small reduction(Sewell). Although Stephany suffers from a lot of back pain, we have not gone to the extreme to do spinal fusion because it is not a severe case. She has had many other surgeries from tubes in her ears to reconstruction of her nose and lips due to cleft palate and cleft lip so there is only so much her body can