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What is the treatment for CP?

While there is no cure for CP, the symptoms can be treated in order to help the child live a more independent life. Treatment includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, surgery, braces, and orthotic devices.

Therapeutic treatments commonly used to treat symptoms of cp

It is best if physical therapy is started soon after CP diagnosis is made.  A physical therapist can prescribe exercises and activities to improve muscle tone and prevent atrophy in addition to preventing muscles from becoming over rigid (spastic).  Children with CP often cannot engage in the same activities as other children because of problems with muscle tone or coordination.  This means that their limbs and muscles are not stretched as much and will not exhibit as much growth.  Braces and orthotics can help a child improve mobility so their muscles can develop, preventing atrophy, and stretch, preventing spasticity.

Occupational therapy can help a child with daily living activities, which can improve confidence and independence.  This includes help with eating, dressing, using the bathroom, and other basic needs.

Speech therapy can help a child who has trouble speaking or forming certain letters.  Many children with CP have muscle tone problems, which can cause unintelligible speech.  In severe cases, children may learn to use a computer or voice synthesizer in order to communicate.

Recreational therapy is also available to help children with CP.  Horseback riding can actually be used as therapy to help children with motor skills and muscle tone.  An added benefit of recreational therapy is to help the child socialize and become more comfortable talking with other people, which helps improve self-confidence.

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