March 17, 2017
Misinformation about and misunderstanding of Cerebral Palsy (CP) is common. Because CP has a wide range of symptoms and severity, it can be difficult to understand the wants and needs of patients. That’s where Epic comes in!
At Epic Health Services, we are dedicated to making a better world for all people with disabilities. As one way to fulfill this mission, we strive to educate the general public about what it’s really like to live with a disability. One of the first steps of this education is busting myths that people have come to believe. Here are five myths about Cerebral Palsy that need busting:
1) Myth: Cerebral Palsy is a disease.
Fact: Cerebral Palsy occurs as a result of brain injury or malformation.
Diseases are typically caused by genetics, viruses, or bacteria. However, CP is most often the result of a brain injury, typically during pregnancy, birth, or the immediate postnatal period. If a child exhibits symptoms of CP, it’s important to uncover the problem quickly so that treatment can be as effective as possible.
2) Myth: Cerebral Palsy is contagious.
Fact: You cannot “catch” Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is not the flu or common cold; you can’t get it from coming into contact with someone with CP. Although Cerebral Palsy has many different causes, babies do not develop this disability by being around people with CP.
3) Myth: People with CP can never walk or talk.
Fact: Some people with Cerebral Palsy do learn to walk and talk.
Cerebral Palsy’s wide spectrum is the cause of many misconceptions. Although some people with extreme forms of Cerebral Palsy may always rely on a wheelchair, others learn to walk. When an infant is diagnosed with CP, it is too early to tell if that child will be able to walk.
Similarly, some people with CP will never use their voices to communicate. However, many will speak without issue. However, with the help of Epic healthcare professionals, children with CP may walk and talk.
4) Myth: Cerebral Palsy only appears early in life.
Fact: Cerebral Palsy can appear at any time in life.
Although CP itself is not a disease, certain infections can cause CP to occur in adults. Meningitis and Encephalitis, if severe enough, can cause enough brain damage to result in CP. Similarly, a severe head injury can cause Cerebral Palsy to appear later.
5) Myth: People with Cerebral Palsy can never be fulfilled.
Fact: Cerebral Palsy patients can lead full lives.
This is a myth that persists about people with many disabilities. Although a fulfilled happy life may look different for people with Cerebral Palsy, it is absolutely possible. People with CP are capable of love, productivity, and happiness.
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