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Treatment Options for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a chronic condition. A healthy child who suffers a brain injury during birth could be changed forever. Children with CP will require a lifetime of special care. However, treatment options for cerebral palsy are improving all the time. Thanks to modern medicine, children with CP experience greater independence, mobility, and happiness now than at any point in human history.

The following are just a few treatment options for helping children and adults with cerebral palsy.

Medicine

People with cerebral palsy often experience seizures and muscle spasms. Muscle relaxants and certain seizure-preventing medications can alleviate or even eliminate those symptoms. That said, medication will not cure conditions associated with cerebral palsy, only control them.

Physical Therapy

Muscle development requires regular use and resistance. The muscular stiffness associated with cerebral palsy makes it difficult for children to develop the strength and coordination needed to manipulate objects around them.

Physical therapy, sometimes in conjunction with medication, helps children develop motor skills, reduce stiffness, and recover range of motion.

Occupational Therapy

Many people with cerebral palsy require indefinite care; many more struggle to develop a sense of independence and daily routine. Occupational therapy is changing that by helping children with cerebral palsy develop simple habits like getting dressed and brushing their teeth.

When combined with other therapy options, occupational therapy can have an enormous impact on the wellbeing of any person impacted by cerebral palsy.

Government Assistance

Since the creation of social security nearly a century ago, many disabled Americans are now eligible for government-subsidized income and other social support programs. This assistance helps people with cerebral palsy pay for their medical and living expenses.

If your baby developed cerebral palsy due to negligent medical care, you might have a case. If you’d like an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorney from the Mabrey Firm to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (404) 814-5098.