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The Different Treatment Options for Cerebral Palsy

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While no cure exists for cerebral palsy, the different treatment options for this neurological condition focuses on helping patients manage their symptoms. Cerebral palsy treatment involves a team of medical professionals. The MayoClinic.com noted that the treatment plan is overseen by a pediatrician or a physiatrist. Then, depending on the symptoms that the patient has, she can receive treatment from a variety of other medical professionals. For example, patients who have muscular or bone problems can see an orthopedist. MedlinePlus noted that six month check-ups with a dentist are recommended. Cerebral palsy patients may see speech therapists, physical therapists or occupational therapists. Patients may also benefit from seeing a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker. Other professionals that can be involved in the treatment plan include a pediatric neurologist, developmental therapist, nurse, rehabilitation physician and gastroenterologist. If the patient's symptoms interferes in her performance at school, a special education teacher may also be involved.

Treatment for cerebral palsy can include different medications. For example, if a patient has muscle spasticity that affects one muscle group, she may receive injections of Botox. MedlinePlus added that besides treating isolated spasticity, Botox can help with drooling. With generalized spasticity, in which the muscle spasticity affects the whole body, medication options include diazepam, baclofen, dantrolene and tizanidine.

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Cerebral palsy is a that condition cannot be cured theoretically, but it can be treated. And the sooner Cerebral Palsy Treatment begins, the quicker the rehabilitation process can begin.

March 20, 2011 - 10:27pm
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