While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, treatment helps individuals with cerebral palsy dramatically increase the quality of their lives.
With nearly 800,000 people affected by cerebral palsy living in the U.S., and an additional 8,000 – 10,000 receiving this diagnosis each year, treatment remains a very important topic.
In the first half of the 20th century, people affected by cerebral palsy lived approximately half as long as the general populations. However, due to significant advances in medical technology, many people with cerebral palsy go on to lead lives similar in quality and length to people in the general population.
Treatment currently involves a multifaceted approach which includes multiple types of therapy and medical interventions. No two people with cerebral palsy are affected by the condition in the same way. As a result, individual treatment programs are developed for each person.
One common challenge many families experience is the associated cost. The lifetime costs for treating the condition run around $1 million. However, there are many government assistance programs available to people in need of help.
Because cerebral palsy is a neurologically based disease affecting many areas of the mind and body, many different treatment approaches are available. Some of the potential approaches that may benefit you or your child include:
- Behavioral Therapy
- Mechanical Aids
- Adaptive Technology
- Nutrition Counseling
- Massage Therapy
- Sensory Integration Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Music & Dance Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Aqua Therapy
- Vocational Counseling
As you can see, there are many different approaches which may benefit your child. All of this probably seems overwhelming to you at this point, but keep in mind there are experienced professionals in each field who can help you decide what works best for your child.