Living with cerebral palsy can be challenging, even if the symptoms are mild. There are many cerebral palsy support groups and organizations that are available to help.
While cerebral palsy is a birth injury that cannot be cured, it can be treated. Living with cerebral palsy can be made more comfortable for you and your child through the use of physical and occupational therapies, medications and sometimes surgeries.
Cerebral Palsy Therapy
In some cases, medications or surgeries may help lessen some of the symptoms of CP. One of the most beneficial approaches to living with cerebral palsy more independently, however, is ongoing physical therapy. The earlier therapy begins, the better your child will be able to overcome challenges. Physical therapy for infants living with cerebral palsy will include exercise to stretch tight muscles and help prevent deformities. A cerebral palsy physical therapist can teach your child to use adaptive equipment, which includes everything from equipment that helps an infant turn over to adapting the sink and toilet to your child’s special needs. Some adaptive equipment such as braces can help with posture and movement.
Cerebral Palsy Support
Living with cerebral palsy can be made easier through the help of support networks. United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has a comprehensive list of local support resources for all areas of the United States.
Living with cerebral palsy is in some ways easier today than it was decades ago. Better therapies, medication and awareness are helping people with cerebral palsy live more comfortable, independent and productive lives. In the last 40 years, the number of active participants in the U.S. workforce living with cerebral palsy has nearly doubled according to research by the Cleveland Clinic.
Birth Injury Legal Help
If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence, you can contact a nurse case manager at Sokolove Law to explore your legal options. Caring for a child with cerebral palsy can require expensive services for many years. A monetary settlement can help to lessen this financial burden. What’s more, future birth injuries may be prevented by your legal actions.
Even if your baby has not been diagnosed with cerebral palsy but you suspect a birth injury, call today. A nurse case manager is available to listen and help you start the process of getting your questions answered.