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How to Treat Cerebral Palsy?

  • July 26, 2023
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How to Treat Cerebral Palsy?

Medical Treatment:
  • No cure but symptoms can be made better
  • Physiotherapy to encourage movement and to prevent muscles from becoming weaker. Also to prevent muscle contracture(shortened muscle)
  • Speech therapy to improve speech or to learn sign language
  • Occupational therapy to identify any particular areas and to remedy it
  • Medicines. Baclofen to help with muscle stiffness, botox injections to relax muscles, melatonin for sleep disturbances, painkillers for pain, laxative for constipation and antiepileptic medications for seizures/fits
  • Feeding. Improve swallowing techniques with speech therapy advise, a feeding tube(NJ tube) in case of severe problem
  • Drooling. This can be corrected with surgery to redirect salive gland direction towards the back, botox injections into the saliva glands, anticholinergic medications or skin patches. Speech therapy can help
  • Surgery: Selective dorsal rhizotomy to reduce stiffness in legs, scoliosis surgery, treat muscle contractures

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