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Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation

Because there is no cure for cerebral palsy, rehabilitation is aimed at improving the debilitating physical, mental and emotional impairments patients with this neurological condition experience. Cerebral palsy is the term used to describe a form of brain damage that results in significant impairments to speech, cognition, perception, coordination and mobility. To ensure that each aspect of a condition is treated, a number of different medical professionals, including the following, will likely be involved in a CP patient's treatment process for years, if not a patient's entire life:

  • physicians and surgeons
  • physical therapists
  • occupational therapists
  • language and speech therapists
  • in-home nursing professionals

The precise details of an individual's cerebral palsy rehabilitation program will vary according to the nature and severity of the condition, as well as other factors. Treatment programs are designed to help patients:

  • realize improved balance, mobility and dexterity
  • appropriately perceive, interpret and respond to their environment
  • live as independently as possible
  • achieve the best possible quality of life

What to Expect at a Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Center

Professionals at cerebral palsy rehabilitation centers throughout the U.S. will thoroughly assess a patient's skills and limitations and then perform brain scans and blood tests to diagnose the severity of an individual's condition. Subsequently, any combination of the following treatments may be prescribed:

  • orthopedic or neural surgery to correct muscles, bone or nerve abnormalities
  • anti-epileptic medications to prevent seizures
  • muscle relaxants to control spasticity and improve muscle tone
  • physical therapy to improve mobility
  • occupational therapy to teach CP patients day-to-day skills, such as showering
  • speech therapy to improve verbal communication

Along with Medical Help, We Have Legal Help

Immediately following a cerebral palsy diagnosis, it's crucial that patients begin all treatments in the recommended time frame for the best chances of improvement. Once a patient has begun the necessary treatments, parents may want to speak with a legal professional to find out if they qualify to seek compensation to help pay for the therapy and other treatment programs.

Every child has the right to an education and to maximizing his/her quality of life. To find out more information and helpful resources, contact our cerebral palsy lawyers now.

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