Physiotherapy for Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is used to describe a large group of disorders that affect the muscles and causes problems with movement and posture. This is common cause of childhood disability that affects about 1 in 400 children. Often it is caused by permanent non progressive dysfunction of a part f the brain that fails to develop either before the birth or in early childhood. Though the damage is non progressive, the clinical picture changes as the undamaged nervous system develops and the child grows. A cerebral palsy can also be defined as a non-progressive neuromotor disorder of the cerebral origin. This includes a group of heterogeneous clinical syndromes of variable severity caused by minor incapacitation deficits.

Cerebral Palsy is a form of chronic motor disability that is non-fatal yet non-curable and results from damage to the growing brain before or during the birth or in the postnatal period. It is the most common cause of crippling in children.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of cerebral palsy are difficulty in controlling movement, balance and posture. Sometimes other parts of the brain are also impaired and hence it could result in sight, learning and hearing difficulties. The Spastic Cerebral Palsy is the most common form wherein the muscles appear stiffer and the movements may be jerky with difficulty moving from one position to another.

Diagnosis

Cerebral Palsy will be diagnosed at birth. The diagnosis will be based on the patient’s history and any significant delay in gross and fine motor function. Physiotherapy plays an important role in both the diagnosis and management this condition.

Treatment

Often the physiotherapy and adaptive equipments are the primary treatments for Cerebral Palsy. However, medication prescribed by your GP helps managing symptoms such as spasticity.

Physiotherapy plays a central role to manage this condition, often from birth. If a problem is identified, then our highly skilled Physiotherapists will assess the child to record and monitor their development. As part of a tailored treatment plan, they will teach the child how to control their head movements and how to sit, crawl and walk, roll, encouraging their normal motor development and function. This treatment will also strive to prevent and inhibit abnormal reflexes and patterns of movement.

The physiotherapy treatment for cerebral palsy aims to normalize the tone, maintain the muscle length, achieve normal milestones, correct the posture and teach activities of daily living. Physiotherapy helps the cerebral palsy patients to improve movement and motor skills. Our highly skilled Physiotherapists work with the team having specific clinical experience in the treating and managing this condition. They will also advise on the best and the most appropriate adaptive equipments to help the child’s mobility, quality of life, improving independence, and maximize their learning potential.

What could be the Approximate Cost of the Treatment.

The cost of the physiotherapy for cerebral palsy depends on your problem, the treatment method and number and types of procedures prescribed.

If you are suffering with cerebral palsy, contact info@careplusphysiotherapy.com or call 0124 – 4227006 or 09810922362 to book an appointment with our physiotherapist.