Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is among the types of baby injuries that cannot be treated. The treatment of cerebral palsy focuses on lessening the severity of the symptoms of the disorder. There are some treatments available that have been around for many years, including different types of assistive devices. Some treatments focus on specific symptoms and are used to treat many different types of disorders.
Hearing and Speech
Speech and hearing are closely related. Sometimes, the treatment of one assists in the treatment of the other. People who have CP oftentimes have difficulty hearing and, by giving them hearing aids, they can sometimes do a lot better in school and learn the nuances of language.
Because CP affects control of the muscles, speech can be very difficult. While it may not seem difficult to you, pronouncing any word requires a very sophisticated interaction of your tongue, lips and facial muscles. For people with CP, this can be a very difficult part of everyday life to master. Skilled speech therapists, however, can sometimes make a world of difference for people with CP.
Walking is difficult for the vast majority of people who suffer from CP. Because it does affect the muscles, the necessary muscle tone and coordination for walking are generally not present in individuals who suffer from the disorder.
In some individuals, the CP may be debilitating enough that they need a wheelchair for their entire lives. Some sufferers only need crutches and get around quite well on them. It depends upon the person in question and how much damage was actually done to their brains as a result of the injury.
Most of the time, families will need to alter their homes a bit to accommodate someone with CP. They may need to install better railings on their staircase, at the very least, or install ramps into and out of the home to accommodate a family member with CP who uses a wheelchair.
CP is oftentimes the result of natural causes that no one could have prevented. Some cases of CP are caused by medical negligence and, in such instances, the families sometimes have a lawyer prepare a lawsuit for them and seek compensation. If you believe that this is the case with your child’s CP, you may wish to consult with an attorney to get their opinion on the matter and to see whether or not you have the option of pursuing a case.