(CP) cannot be cured. But a variety of treatments can help people with CP to
maximize their abilities and physical strength, prevent
complications, and improve their quality of life. The
brain injury or problem that causes CP does not get worse over time. But new
symptoms can appear or become worse over time because of how a child grows and
Specific treatment varies by individual and changes as
needed if new issues develop. In general, treatment focuses on ways to
maintain or improve a person's quality of life and overall health.
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Physical therapy is
an important treatment that begins soon after a child is diagnosed and often
continues throughout his or her life. This therapy also may begin before a
definite diagnosis is made, depending on the child's symptoms.
It is common to have a fear of the unknown. Learning about CP
can help you to understand the condition and be familiar with some of the
challenges and joys of raising a child with cerebral palsy. Being informed can
help give you a sense of control about how best to help your child. For more
information, talk to your doctor or see the Other Places to Get Help section of
Ongoing treatment for cerebral
palsy (CP) focuses on continuing and adjusting existing treatments and adding
new treatments as necessary. Although the brain injury that causes CP does not
get worse over time, some of its effects can appear for the first time, change,
or become more severe as a child gets older.
Regular visits with
your child's doctor and specialists are important for monitoring your child's
condition. These visits may include tests, such as
questionnaires to evaluate whether new developmental
milestones are being achieved as expected, or periodic blood tests to find out
about the effects of medicine your child may be taking. Your child should also
have regular eye, hearing, and speech evaluations.
Other tests may
be done to find out whether common problems related to cerebral palsy have
developed. These problems can then be treated as they appear.
Ongoing treatment for cerebral palsy may include:
Physical therapy, which can help your child become as
mobile as possible. It may also help prevent the need for surgery. If a child
has surgery, intense physical therapy may be needed for 6 months or more.
Monitoring of any medicines being taken, to help control symptoms
and prevent complications.
Special devices and equipment, such as braces, casts,
and splints. The specific types used depend on a child's needs. For example, a
child may get a cast after surgery or as a means to restrict movement in one
area to strengthen muscles and tendons in another part of the body.