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Treatment of Cerebral Palsy - Traditional Methods of Treating Cerebral Palsy


Treatment of Cerebral Palsy - Traditional Methods of Treating Cerebral Palsy By Mandy Buchanan

 

 

There are now a wide variety of treatments available for people with cerebral palsy but the three traditional treatment methods for cerebral palsy are physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.


 There are now a wide variety of treatments available for people with cerebral palsy but the three traditional treatment methods for cerebral palsy are physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. In addition many people with cerebral palsy may undergo certain surgical procedures to try and correct deformities or help them function better. In this article we look at these traditional methods of treating cerebral palsy as an overview.

Physiotherapy as a Traditional Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

Physiotherapy is perhaps one of the better known traditional treatments of cerebral palsy and involves using exercises and specialized exercise equipment to try and get the muscles and body to function more normally and correct any deformities. Your physiotherapist should also be able to advise you on exercises that you can do with your child at home in order to provide continuity between therapy sessions.

Occupational Therapy as a Traditional Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

Another common treatment of cerebral palsy is occupational therapy. The occupational therapist can help advise you on specialized equipment that can help make your life and the life of your child that much easier. This specialized equipment includes wheelchairs, walking frames, specialized beds as well as special eating utensils and other smaller pieces of equipment that make life easier with a cerebral palsied child.

Speech and Language Therapy as a Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

Often children with cerebral palsy also experience speech and communication difficulties. A speech and language therapist can help the child either learn to communicate better with the spoken language or where this is not possible to use a communication device such as a communication board or other system. Although this may not strictly be considered a treatment of cerebral palsy itself, it can provide invaluable assistance for people with cerebral palsy who have communication difficulties.

Surgical Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

Surgical treatment of cerebral palsy should be carefully considered before it is undertaken as it can pose more risks then it helps solve problems. If surgical treatment of cerebral palsy is used carefully and the possible effects on the body as a whole are considered then surgery can provide physical benefits for walking or movement.

In conclusion, there are a number of traditional treatments for cerebral palsy including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and surgical treatment. Surgical treatment of cerebral palsy should be undertaken with the greatest of care but can provide benefits, the other treatments of cerebral palsy are largely advisory and can help introduce you to the best options available to your child and services that may be of use to them.

 

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