Orthopedic Conditions in Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2020 Feb;31(1):171-183. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2019.09.013.


Orthopedic conditions are common in adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Although CP is argued to be a nonprogressive condition of the brain, the musculoskeletal components tend to worsen and deteriorate over time leading to chronic pain, function limitation, and a decline in mobility. Orthopedic care of adults with CP has not been well documented in the literature. This article describes the common orthopedic conditions in adults with CP and discusses who should perform orthopedic surgery on adults.

Keywords: Adults; Cerebral palsy; Orthopedic conditions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology*
  • Cerebral Palsy / surgery*
  • Chronic Pain / physiopathology
  • Chronic Pain / surgery
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / surgery*
  • Orthopedic Procedures*