Types of Physical Therapy for Cerebral Palsy
Jun27

Types of Physical Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of conditions that involve problems controlling the muscles. Cerebral palsy comes in all levels of severity and some sufferers are essentially unable to perform any physical activities on their own and suffer severe mental impairments, as well. Others, however, can benefit substantially from various types of physical therapy and, as is the case with all modern medicine, treatment options are steadily increasing in number in this regard.   What it Does   Physical therapy provides a way to help people with CP strengthen their muscles, get better control over them and to live a richer life, because of being able to enjoy more independence. Physical therapists need to be licensed and trained. These are medical professionals with vast knowledge of anatomy. If you’re receiving physical therapy for your own CP or are bringing in a child or family member, the program will be tailored to the individual’s needs, so there will be some variation in the therapies given.   Holistic Approaches   According to some research the types of physical therapy that benefit CP sufferers the most are those that involve the person’s entire life. These include more intensive programs that allow them to use training, devices and changes to their lifestyle to achieve better control over their bodies.   There is also evidence that physical therapy benefits CP sufferers in a range of ways beyond what would be expected. Cognitive function, for instance, has been shown to improve for some individuals with cerebral palsy when they engage in active physical therapy. This is, perhaps, not too surprising, since regular exercise has been shown to help healthy individuals mentally, as well.   Some Strategies   Physical therapists will use different strategies to provide different benefits. Some of what they do will depend upon the age of the child in question. For instance, in their early ears, even young children can do exercises that help them to learn to calm their muscles down, to keep their balance better and to adjust their positions. As they age, the therapy can become more advanced.   Walking is a big area where physical therapists offer assistance, for obvious reasons. Some forms of cerebral palsy—ataxic, for instance—are more well-known for having effects on a child’s ability to walk than others. Physical therapists can help children to develop coordination, muscle strength and balance that can help them walk better and, perhaps, transition from a wheelchair to crutches to a walker, if they do very well.   Adults oftentimes keep up with physical therapy to help with their CP symptoms. Regular exercise that is customized for the patient is very useful...

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Social Security Disability: List of Impairments
Jun02

Social Security Disability: List of Impairments

The Social Security administration maintains a list of impairments that is part of the criteria for determining eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. This list is something you should consult with if you’re applying for benefits. In all cases, it’s best to know as much about the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits as you can before you even get started. That being said, this is an enormous bureaucracy, so there are situations where it’s nearly impossible to know everything you need to know beforehand.   The List You can find the list for disabilities for adults located at the SSA site. Part B covers the Social Security disability listings for children. Make sure you’re looking at the correct list, if you’re trying to find information about whether or not your condition may qualify you for disability.   You’ll have to do a bit of research to find out the exact category your condition falls under. For instance, you might have cerebral palsy, which falls under the category of Neurological conditions, but which has effects that are generally most profoundly felt on the musculoskeletal system. This can make it a bit confusing when you’re applying for benefits.   The list contains all the pertinent information about these conditions as they relate to applying for benefits. Knowing your condition and what’s required if you want to apply for benefits, however, is only the beginning of the process. Where Social Security is concerned, nothing is really easy, so you’ll want to make sure you know what you’re in for when you apply.   Applying Applying for Social Security disability payments oftentimes involves a process of application and appeal. Many claims that are later found to be valid on appeal are turned down when they are first applied for. It’s easy to go ahead and blame bureaucrats for this but keep in mind that they have a huge number of claims to process and, unless something looks very obvious to them in terms of it qualifying for disability payments, they may deny it. This is why there is an appeals process.   If you do appeal, your chances of winning are much higher if you contact a lawyer for assistance with the matter. Many people make the mistake of applying for the same benefits over and over again rather than appealing their application when it is turned down. A lawyer can make sure you follow the correct procedure and greatly increase the chances that you will get your benefits.   Remember that, if your benefits are approved, you will get back pay until the time they should have been approved...

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