Can Cerebral Palsy be treated?
Even though there is no cure for cerebral palsy, various forms of therapy can help an afflicted person function and live more effectively. Generally, the earlier the treatment begins, the better the chance of overcoming developmental disabilities or learning new ways to overcome challenges. Specific treatment is determined by your child’s physician based on your child’s age, overall health and medical history, the type and severity of CP, your child’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies, expectations for the future, and your opinions and preferences.
The following are some common treatments for cerebral palsy:
- PHYSICAL THERAPY–designed to encourage the patient to build a strength base for improved gait and volitional movement. Many experts believe that life-long physical therapy is crucial to maintain muscle tone, bone structure and prevent dislocation of the joints.
- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY–helps children and adults maximize their function, and live as independently as possible.
- SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY–helps control the muscles of the mouth and jaw, thereby helping improve communication. Speech therapy often starts before a child begins school and continues throughout his or her schooling.
- SURGERY–not always necessary and should be carefully reviewed before committing. It may be recommended to reduce spasticity or improve muscle development.
- DRUG THERAPY–drugs may be prescribed to prevent or reduce seizures.
- EARLY NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT–a study found a significant decrease in the incidence of cerebral palsy in the group of premature infants with the highest growth velocity. This study suggests that adequate nutrition and growth could play a protective role in the development of CP.
- ORTHOTIC DEVICES–often used to minimize gait irregularities.
Since cerebral palsy is a life-long condition, management includes focusing on preventing or minimizing deformities and maximizing the child’s capability both at home and in the community. A child is best treated with an interdisciplinary team that may include the following healthcare providers: pediatrician, neurologist, rehabilitation medicine specialist, ophthalmologist and others.
These treatments are expensive. With the help of an experienced cerebral palsy attorney, you can find out if medical malpractice or negligence led to your child’s condition. You can then take legal action through a malpractice lawsuit and, with the help of your attorney, recover financial compensation for medical care and continued treatment. Recovering maximum compensation can mean that you will be able to provide your child with the best treatment options for the longest period of time. Dr. Bruce G. Fagel, a licensed physician, is that attorney. Call him today at
(800) 541-9376 for a free consultation.