Conditions that affect the brain almost always have wide-reaching and devastating consequences for sufferers, and cerebral palsy is no different. Often caused by gene mutations, infections, oxygen deprivation, or traumatic injuries, this condition causes lifelong disabilities, which can range from mild to severe, in children who develop it.
Although the brain is remarkably resilient, especially when injuries and damage occur at a young age, cerebral palsy is not curable, nor do children “grow out of it.” Children with cerebral palsy are typically diagnosed anywhere from infancy to preschool age, and they are frequently referred to specialists who can closely monitor their conditions.
Despite being an incurable condition, there are several treatments for cerebral palsy that can lessen symptoms and help children live more active and independent lives.
One of the most common and debilitating effects of cerebral palsy is muscle tightness. This symptom can make it difficult for children to walk or use their arms, hands, and fingers. Two types of medications that can help reduce symptoms include:
Several types of therapy can also help reduce the symptoms and improve the quality of life in people who have cerebral palsy, including children. They include:
Some children benefit from surgical procedures to lessen the symptoms and impairments associated with cerebral palsy. These procedures include:
Having a child with cerebral palsy isn’t just difficult for the child, it’s difficult for the entire family. That’s why it’s important to find support everywhere you can while encouraging your child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development.
Support your child’s efforts at independence as they grow, ask questions and demand answers and follow-ups from their doctors and specialists, and join support groups and organizations centered around families of children with disabilities.
Although there are many treatments designed to improve the quality of life for children and adults with cerebral palsy, there’s no cure. And too often, the disorder is caused by negligent medical professionals who failed to detect risk factors, prevent illnesses, or observe proper delivery protocols and procedures.
If your child developed cerebral palsy in the womb or during a traumatic delivery, you may be eligible for compensation for their medical bills and your entire family’s pain and suffering. Contact Wagner Reese’s Indianapolis lawyers for injured children. We’ll fight to get your family the compensation you’re owed.