What Are Cerebral Palsy Treatment Options?

Cerebral Palsy is a non-contagious and non-curable disorder, although with the right treatment plan it can be maintained. Children and adults with any type of Cerebral Palsy may benefit from a variety of health care services, though they may be quite costly. Specialists, doctors, surgery, medication, and assistive technology and devices may all be options to assist in improving the daily life, as well as the future for a person with CP. It may take some time to find the appropriate treatment plan, because an individual's symptoms and the progression of their Cerebral Palsy must be taken into account.

The following are a few of the many options that a person with Cerebral Palsy may consider to help maintain their condition:

Occupational therapy is a form of treatment that can help a person with CP learn how to work with their smaller muscles, including hands and fingers. When a person can strengthen and develop these small muscles they may find it easier to complete everyday tasks that require fine motor skills. An occupational therapist is also knowledgeable in equipment for people with all kinds of special needs, and will be able to help an individual with Cerebral Palsy find assistive technology and devices that will improve his or her quality of life.

Physical therapy is a form of treatment that focuses on the development and strengthening of the body's large muscles, which control gross motor skills. Some of the larger muscles in the body are those of the arms and legs. Some skills that a person might learn how to do through physical therapy are walk, climb, sit, and stand. Many of the skills that are learned in physical therapy may help a person with Cerebral Palsy function better in a variety of situations.

Speech and language therapy may be an option for a person who has Dysarthria, which is a speech condition in which weak facial muscles cause a person to mispronounce their words. Along with communication difficulties, eating and swallowing may also be affected in some cases of Cerebral Palsy. A speech and language therapist can teach the client many different exercises and techniques to help improve pronunciation, and aid in swallowing and eating. In cases where speech is very difficult to understand, the speech pathologist may teach the client sign language or chose an appropriate communication device so that he or she may communicate better.

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