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Cerebral Palsy Therapy

Treatments for CP includes :

  • Physical Therapy, that will be helping your child in becoming more mobile.
  • Medicines, that will help in controlling some of the symptoms of CP.
  • Kinds of surgery that will be useful for child with severe problems.
  • Use of devices and equipments like as casts, splints and braces.

Physical Therapy is the important part for managing Cerebral Palsy. It starts soon as diagnosis starts. It may also begin at an early stage based on the symptoms. Some people suffering from Cerebral Palsy carry on the physical therapy throughout their lives, especially those with more physical disabilities.

The main goal of Physical Therapy is to :

  • Encourage and strengthen the growth of muscles.
  • Prevent the joints in becoming tight or permanently bent.
  • Functional mobility gets increased by foster independence.

As a part of the Cerebral Palsy treatment or therapy, parents may be guided ways to keep their child’s muscles strong and joints flexible. The therapists work with the parents on the following simple approaches :

Involve interactive play for exercising child’s limb.

Set aside times that record their physical activity with other members of the family.

Encourage children’s to play and move, such as slapping hands on table, banging pots together etc.

Motivate child to play with other children’s who are on the same age.

Physical may also involve the use of:

  • Exercises, special postures and positions that helps in keeping the child in natural position. Wheelchairs, scooters and other devices for increasing mobility.
  • Casts, braces and splints that helps to straighten and also support child’s joints. These devices also help in controlling limb movement.
  • Shaping is done through equipment for induced constraint movement. This approach helps in encouraging a child’s to increase their movements by presenting objects and activities and also giving praises and rewards when a child make attempts by the less functioning muscles.
  • A special jacket of plastic is molded in such a way so as to prevent the spine from curving more. Curves in the spine are sometime developed in the teen with Cerebral Palsy.