Cerebral palsy treatment may improve the quality of life for a child with cerebral palsy. The words “therapy” and “treatment” are often used to mean the same thing. Medical professionals usually use the word “treatment.” The work of those who don’t try to cure, and do want to improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy, is usually called “therapy.” The professional training of experts usually determines what type of care they will provide.
In general, doctors try to restore health, that is, to cure. Therapists don’t expect to cure but to decrease cerebral palsy symptoms. They are concerned with helping people become as independent as possible. The causes of cerebral palsy (CP) are well known and cerebral palsy life expectancy is no different than for anyone else. The symptoms, however, will be present for life. It is important to start cerebral palsy treatment as soon as CP is diagnosed or detected to prevent loss of function.
When to Seek Cerebral Palsy Treatment
Cerebral palsy therapy and treatment can begin as soon as symptoms are noticed. A diagnosis is not required to begin cerebral palsy treatment. When the brain is not able to control muscles and arms and legs do not move, the joints (elbows, knuckles, knees) bend and “freeze.” This is called a contracture and without exercise contractures can become permanent. Cerebral palsy physical therapy (PT) includes exercises to prevent this. According to the United Cerebral Palsy Association, (UCP), when PT is combined with other cerebral palsy treatment, especially in infants, the child’s body actually may help compensate by finding other areas of the brain that are not damaged.
Therapists may consult one another to recommend adaptive equipment. A bedridden patient may be able to move using a wheelchair. Someone who might have spent life in a wheelchair may learn to walk. A patient with paralyzed muscles in her face and mouth may be able to communicate with a computer.
Costs of Cerebral Palsy Treatment
Families often need help in exercising their child’s rights and to find means to pay for care. A cerebral palsy attorney may be able to help. A birth injury settlement may help defray the costs of cerebral palsy treatment and help to improve your child’s quality of life. Call Sokolove Law today.