The Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

There is no cure for cerebral palsy; there are, however, a variety of treatments available that are capable of significantly improving a sufferer’s quality of life.

Treatment may include a combination of different therapeutic approaches, allowing victims to manage and control the potential physical and mental disabilities associated with the condition.

Treatment options include:

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is generally started soon after a diagnosis of cerebral palsy is made, usually in the early years of a child’s life.

Physiotherapy is used to prevent contracture complications by stretching the affected muscles, and is also used in certain situations to improve motor development.

Specific physical exercises help to keep the muscles from becoming weakened and from deteriorating due to lack of use. Patients can experience muscle contractures when muscles become fixed in a rigid and abnormal position.

Exercises

Exercises can help to avoid contracture, which is one of the most serious and unpleasant, as well as most common, complications associated with cerebral palsy. Contractures can disrupt previous achievements and affect balance and stability. When muscles and tendons are prevented from stretching and do not grow fast enough to keep up with lengthening bones, spasticity is the result.

Behaviour Therapy

Treatment may include behaviour therapy involving psychological techniques to complement physical, speech or occupational therapy and can also help to improve quality of life.

Medications

Cerebral palsy treatment includes the use of a wide range of medications. Tranquilisers may be used to relax tightened muscles and antispasmodics may be used to reduce spasms. Seizures can be treated with an anticonvulsant medication.

Patients with athetoid cerebral palsy are sometimes prescribed medication to reduce the abnormal movements that they experience. Some people affected by cerebral palsy may have some other conditions that can also be improved with the medication.

These types of medication have been shown to be effective only in the short-term.

Surgery

Some contractures can be so severe that it causes problems in movement and surgery can in appropriate cases be used to lengthen the shortened muscle. Surgical techniques are being researched on a continual basis to determine the overall effectiveness. Surgery may be used as part of cerebral palsy treatment in order to reduce the amount of nervous stimulation that can reach the muscles.

Contact an experienced medical negligence solicitor

Whilst compensation cannot repair the damage that has been done, it can make life easier and more comfortable. Legal aid is available for claims involving people who suffered brain damage in the womb, during birth and in the first few weeks of life. Only the child's income and assets are taken into consideration when assessing financial eligibility. Many children will be granted full legal aid with no financial contribution from the parents even though they may have substantial income and assets.

If you believe that your child's injury was caused by medical negligence and you would like free advice from an experienced solicitor then get in touch with JMW today. 



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