What are the treatment options?
There is no cure for CP. If your child has CP, your doctor will help you create a treatment plan that may include:
- Physical therapy: Exercise and muscle training will help your child with balance, flexibility, coordination and strength. Physical therapy can also help your child learn to use crutches, braces, splints or a wheelchair if necessary.
- Speech therapy: A speech therapist can help your child with speaking or sign language, swallowing and eating.
- Occupational therapy: This type of therapy teaches your child how to help take care of themselves. It can help teach your child to perform daily activities at home or school. It also helps your child learn or improve fine motor skills, such as writing.
- Medicines: Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants to ease muscle stiffness. If your child has seizures, your doctor may also suggest an anticonvulsant medicine.
- Surgery: Your doctor may recommend surgery if your child's muscles or tendons are very stiff and limit the range of motion in the arms and legs.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff