Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy Treatments
Sadly Cerebral Palsy is an incurable condition. However, the problems associated with it can be alleviated by a range of treatments and therapies. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy can successfully ease some of the symptoms such as helping improve movement, helping children finding alternative ways to do things and aiding speech development.
The earlier that cerebral palsy treatment begins, the better the outcome for the child affected. Children's brains change a lot in the early years so treatment should ideally begin as soon as the condition is detected, usually around 9 to 12 months.
Receiving the appropriate treatment can mean that a child overcomes some of the problems associated with cerebral palsy, such as movement problems. Speech and language therapy can successfully aid speech development as well as eating, drinking and swallowing, whilst medication can improve any spacticity and hyperactivity.
Although surgery is sometimes required for some of the problems, physiotherapy often the best and most successful form of therapy for sufferers of CP. Alongside occupational therapy, children with CP can often overcome many problems performing everyday tasks, thus going on to live relatively independent lives.
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