Cerebral palsy is an incurable disease but it does not get worse over time. Although it is possible that complications can come up due to abnormal muscle tone and other issues. Below are different treatment options for those with cerebral palsy to improve their quality of life.
- Physical Therapy
Muscle Training and exercises can improve strength, balance, and mobility eventually leading to a greater sense of independence.
Medications can serve to relax tight muscles as well as reduce tremors and muscle spasms. Botox and phenol have been used to reduce areas of muscle spasticity.
- Orthotic Devices
Cerebral Palsy makes it so a childs muscles dont grow at the same rate as their bones. Special braces can help a childs muscles to grow along side growing bones at a similar rate.
Sometimes surgery on muscles, tendons, nerves, or joints is necessary to place child with cerebral palsys arms or legs in the correct position. Surgery can also help facilitate sitting or walking, improved ability to use ones hands, and decrease pain.
- Speech Therapy
Not only can speech therapists help to improve speech and language skills, but in certain circumstances other means of communication can be taught.
- Hearing Aids, Eyeglasses, & Eye Surgery
Hearing aids can improve hearing where there may be difficulty. Some people who suffer from cerebral palsy have difficulty focusing their eyes together properly. Glasses have been known to help correct this problem but in some instances surgeries on the eyes have been used.