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What are the Different Types of Cerebral Palsy Equipment?

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  • Written By: Autumn Rivers
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  • Last Modified Date: 10 November 2018
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Cerebral palsy can be managed with the right medical care, therapy, and equipment. In fact, the latter plays a larger role in management of this condition than many would assume, so it is helpful to have an idea of the main types of cerebral palsy equipment available. Most are dedicated to helping the patient move around as independently as possible, such as wheelchairs and walkers. On the other hand, some objects help patients stand and keep their own balance, and include braces. Service dogs also count as a type of cerebral palsy equipment since they can help patients get around on their own.

Walking normally is just not possible for most people with this condition, but that does not mean that they cannot get around. For those who cannot walk on their own at all, a wheelchair with proper trunk support can help them get around. They can be pushed around by caretakers, which may be helpful if they are young children, or they can opt for either a motorized wheelchair or one that they can push on their own. Some patients may choose to use a walker instead, especially if they can stand on their own but need a little help walking. In fact, many patients have both of these types of cerebral palsy equipment for different situations.

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Some patients have trouble standing properly, but a brace can correct this. Braces can be applied to the back, arms, or legs, and can either stretch tendons that are not long enough, or inhibit certain movements that prevent the patient from moving efficiently. This type of cerebral palsy equipment does need to be cared for well, since braces can cause rashes where they are applied, so it is important to keep an eye on this issue before deciding to use braces regularly.

Patients with cerebral palsy often benefit from having a service dog just as those with any other disability do. Most patients develop a bond with their dog since the two spend many hours together. Service dogs can be taught to perform tasks to make the patient's life easier, such as bringing in the newspaper and groceries, turning lights on and off, and helping the patient to a standing position from a wheelchair. Not all patients with cerebral palsy want or even need a dog, and it might not be appropriate for everyone. Therefore, this option should be thoroughly discussed with medical providers before making the commitment to this type of cerebral palsy equipment.

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