What is Cerebral Palsy / Muscular Dystrophy Disorder?
Cerebral Palsy / Muscular Dystrophy is a disorder of brain development that affects movement, muscle tone, and posture. Symptoms typically appear in early childhood and require long-term treatment, including physical therapy, prescription drugs, and surgery. Therapy can improve overall functioning and provide relief from symptoms.
Individuals diagnosed with disorders like Cerebral Palsy or Muscular Dystrophy lead a more difficult life than others. They have to be dependent on their support or their parents constantly.
Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy can steal the child from basic fun activities and cause despair. But people diagnosed with the said syndromes are special, not because they have special needs but because they see the world differently and still love it.
These individuals face additional daily barriers and have difficulty performing simple everyday activities. But to aid such people to go on with their lives without being dependent on another person.
But before we delve into treatments, let us talk briefly about Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy;
Understanding Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy
First of all, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy are disorders related to the brain. But they aren’t identical and are different with few similarities.
What is Muscular Dystrophy?
This particular protein is very important and is responsible for the functioning of muscles.
Therefore, the lack of this protein results in the weakening and ultimately dysfunction of different body muscles, which is Muscular Dystrophy.
Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder caused by the absence of a gene coding for the protein dystrophin.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
On the other hand, Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disease that doesn’t have any links to the individual's genetic constitution. However, the absence of a certain group of genes has caused the disorder. The said disorder is caused mainly due to brain injuries or any brain-related complications encountered during birth. Therefore, it has been present since childhood.
Of the two, muscular dystrophy is a progressive disease that keeps weakening the muscles of the individual’s body. But cerebral palsy is caused by the damage done during birth and does not progress further. Therefore, the chances of individuals who have muscular dystrophy entering well into their old age are slim but not invisible.
Both these disorders have no cure, but some treatments make it easier for the person to go by living their lives.