Cerebral palsy cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be treated. Cerebral palsy results from a brain injury, so the root of the condition can never be treated. However, the symptoms are defined by a lack of control over the muscles and uneven muscle tone; these can be treated.
Injections, medication, and treatments using temperatures are sometimes utilized to help lessen the muscle stiffness and other issues that Cerebral Palsy sufferers endure. These treatments can sometimes give the patient some increased use of their muscles, and over time doctors may be able to find treatments that work for some people better than others. This will be part of the treatment process, and with some experience, the physical therapists and doctors may be able to provide a lot of comfort and increased mobility.
Sometimes, the most severe symptoms Cerebral Palsy sufferers endure involve cognitive development. In more severe cases, a person with Cerebral Palsy may be intellectually behind their age group for several years. This sometimes means that a child with Cerebral Palsy may need help in school or special schooling altogether. Having a child with cognitive impairment isn’t the same as having a child who will never experience the joy of learning new things, and special education can get surprising results. It will take more work, however, which sometimes means significant expenses will be involved.
Unfortunately, society is sometimes pretty cruel to those they deem different. Children with cerebral palsy may have some trouble finding and making friends, as well as finding activities they can participate in. Fortunately, there are organizations that work hard to ensure everyone has the opportunities they need. Also, many attitudes have changed a lot over the years toward people with disabilities. Getting social time in with peers is as important for children with Cerebral Palsy as any other child, particularly if the cognitive impairments are minimal.
One of the reasons that people oftentimes hire a cerebral palsy lawyer is that they cannot pay for the treatments that their child will need. There is no reason that parents who have a child who has suffered this injury due to medical negligence should be left out of the opportunity to provide the best for their child. Contact an attorney if a doctor, nurse, or healthcare facility was responsible for causing this injury to your child.