While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, early intervention and treatment can vastly improve the quality of life for CP sufferers. As with any treatment plan, the earlier it is begun, the better.
Depending on the type of cerebral palsy diagnosed, a dedicated team of health professionals will work with the family to develop an effective treatment plan. This plan may include medicines, surgery, adaptive equipment, and/or various therapies such as occupational or speech. As each patient is unique, there are no “one-size-fits-all” treatment plans. Frequent communication between the parents and doctors is vital, in order to understand the full risks and benefits of any treatment plan.
Cerebral Palsy Prognosis
A diagnosis of cerebral palsy does not necessarily imply a shorter lifespan. Most diplegic (spasticity affecting symmetrical body parts) and hemiplegic (affecting only one half of the body) CP patients can enjoy full and productive lives with appropriate medical care and family support. However, some severely-affected quadriplegic (involving all four limbs) patients may have increased mortality rates due to secondary infections, nutritional difficulties, or respiratory problems.
If you think your child has or may have cerebral palsy because of something that happened at birth, please fill out the form on the Birth Injury Web official website..