Tulsa Cerebral Palsy Association
For almost 70 years, concerned women in the Tulsa area have worked on behalf of those families dealing with the difficulties related to cerebral palsy. The primary concern of these women is that there be resources available to individuals and families to provide for the equipment and services that can make life easier for those with the physical challenges that accompany cerebral palsy.
Those with cerebral palsy face unusual challenges living their daily lives. Not only are they confronted with a lack of physical muscle control but they must also deal with a community that often falsely assumes that limitations on physical abilities also means there are mental deficiencies.
TCPA is committed to: 1) providing individuals and families living with cerebral palsy with ongoing support to help meet their special needs, and 2) changing the community’s perceptions through education about the real nature of this disorder .
Cerebral palsy, often referred to as "CP," is often thought of as a group of disorders involving functions of the brain and nervous system such as movement, speaking, and learning. There are several different types of cerebral palsy and the symptoms can vary greatly.
Symptoms can be either:
· Light or severe
· Involve one side or both sides of the body
· Involve either arms and legs or both arms and legs
CP is caused by injuries to the brain, a lack of oxygen to the brain, or abnormalities in the brain that are characterized by difficulty controlling the voluntary muscles.
Treatment is needed to maximize the individual’s ability to live and function independently. Traditional treatment options include physical, speech and occupational therapy. There are also drugs to control seizures, relieve or ease pain and relax muscles and some special treatments and even a few surgical procedures that can release tight muscles. Some also benefit from orthotic devices such as leg braces, wheelchairs, or rolling walkers. For those with communication challenges, computers and synthesizers can enhance their ability to function in daily life.
Although CP is a lifelong condition, it does not usually effect the person’s long term life expectancy. Effective treatment options including those listed above can make a real difference in the quality of life.
The ability to live independently and to live a quality life is enhanced by the services offered by TCPA. If you or someone you know could benefit from this assistance, take time to apply.