There is no complete cure for cerebral palsy. The condition is irreversible and often devastating. However, modern medicine has contributed to the development of therapies and medical practices that can reduce the severity of the symptoms of cerebral palsy.
Treatment for cerebral palsy is often designed simply to improve the capabilities of the child who suffers the brain injury. A child with cerebral palsy is at risk of a number of cognitive, physical and mental disabilities, but there are ways that you can manage the disability, and encourage the child to enjoy normal experiences.
Treatment must begin as quickly as possible in order to best manage these disabilities. Once your child has received a diagnosis, a team of doctors must work together to fully identify all the impairments that he faces. With the wide variety of possible impairments, it isn’t surprising that there isn’t one treatment regimen that is recommended for cerebral palsy. Doctors must design an appropriate treatment plan that will manage the unique combination of disabilities that the child faces.
Treatment may include physical therapy, with specific exercises that boost strength, improve balance, and enhance motor skills. Physical therapy may also involve the use of special devices, called orthotic devices, to allow enhanced mobility and better exercise floppy or spastic muscles.
The child may also need speech and language therapy that enhances communication abilities and improve speech, and other problems, like swallowing disorders. Therapists may work with the child to use sign language and children may also learn to use special devices, like computers and voice synthesizers to facilitate communication.
In addition, a child with cerebral palsy can suffer self-esteem issues. Recreational therapy allows the child to participate in cultural activities, sports, and other types of events that not just increase self-esteem and confidence but also enhance physical and mental abilities. Treatment will also include occupational therapy, or ways to have the child perform routine tasks like dressing himself, bathing and feeding on his own.
Apart from therapy, children with cerebral palsy are also often placed on medications, and sometimes, even undergo surgery. Surgery is only recommended in those cases in which the spasticity is so severe that the child finds it very difficult to walk.
Researchers are currently working on stem cell treatments for cerebral palsy, but these studies are still in the early stages.
To learn if you have grounds for a claim for your child’s cerebral palsy, discuss your case with an Indiana medical malpractice attorney at the law offices of Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP.