Physical Therapy

physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy physical therapy is often recommended for children with cerebral palsy (CP). CP symptoms include the inability to control movement and facial expressions. Some CP is mild, causing little more than a limp. It can also be severe and cause total paralysis. There is no cerebral palsy cure. However, cerebral palsy physical therapy can help a child with CP function better.

If your child has a cerebral palsy diagnosis, help is available. Adaptive equipment can be used to improve functionality of the hands and limbs. Exercises can be taught that will improve muscle control over time. Cerebral palsy physical therapy is helpful yet costly.

Symptoms of CP

Cerebral palsy in infants has symptoms that you can watch for. Is your child too floppy or stiff, or both? Babies usually don’t become right or left-handed before their first birthday. A baby with CP may use one hand more than the other or may hold one hand in a fist. That is a signal for parents to talk to a doctor. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), cerebral palsy is usually is not diagnosed until about 2 to 3 years of age, but the symptoms can be identified as early as 3 to 6 months.

About half the babies with mild CP can learn to manage their symptoms. There are many ways to improve quality of life. One of the best ways is cerebral palsy physical therapy.

Cerebral Palsy Physical Therapy Basics

Physical therapists might use words like “gross motor” and “fine motor.” Motor in this case means movement. Motor control means movement control. Small muscle movements of fingers and hands are fine motor skills. Examples are holding a pencil or utensil, like a fork or spoon. Gross motor skills are movements of large muscle groups like legs, thighs and torso. Examples are standing, walking, and balancing. Cerebral palsy therapy might help a person with CP learn to improve these skills.

Physical therapists might recommend braces, splints or casts. They might also plan exercises, like walking in a controlled way. They teach children and caregivers how to do these helpful exercises. Physical therapists also teach about using equipment that helps a child with CP reach, stretch, and move from room to room. Cerebral palsy physical therapy is one of the best ways to help reduce symptoms and enable children with CP to gain independence. It can help symptoms from growing worse.

Costs of Cerebral Palsy Physical Therapy

Raising a child with CP is expensive. Costs for care add up quickly. Because CP can be caused by medical negligence, one potential solution is pursuing legal action. Call a nurse case manager at Sokolove Law today to discuss your situation.

A cerebral palsy attorney can review your situation and determine whether you have a case for a lawsuit. There is no cost to you for us to represent you and your family in a birth injury lawsuit. Sokolove Law only gets paid if you receive money from your case.