3 in 4 people with cerebral palsy will experience pain. Many people with cerebral palsy experience chronic pain that interferes with their daily activities and can impact on their behaviour and social relationships.
Pain is often a result of the impairments that are associated with cerebral palsy, e.g. contractures, abnormal postures, dystonia, skin breakdown, hip subluxation (partial dislocation of the hip) and scoliosis.
This pain can affect a person’s behaviour, their ability to do things for themselves and social relationships. They might avoid day-to-day tasks that are important for independence, such as attending school or social events.
Pain may be treated through medication and by addressing the underlying cause of the pain, e.g. by treating muscle contractures. It is important to consult a medical practitioner if you are experiencing pain.
Services that may help to relieve pain include: