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Cerebral Palsy Treatment - Medical Malpractice Compensation Claim Lawyer

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There are two major aspects of cerebral palsy treatment. The first is an attempt to prevent cerebral palsy after an episode of cerebral anoxia and the second involves the kind of treatments and therapies used to improve the quality of life of patients with cerebral palsy.

Neonatal Hypothermia

Infants who suffer a period of cerebral hypoxia or anoxia during birth may need to have some kind of treatment to prevent side effects of cerebral hypoxia, such as cerebral palsy. One specific treatment is called neonatal hypothermia, which means the child is cooled within 6 hours of birth to prevent the damage to brain cells and subsequent cell death. It is not available at all treatment centers and parents may need to ask about it prior to birth or after giving birth to a child with cerebral hypoxia.

Interdisciplinary Team Assessment

If a child is already showing signs of cerebral palsy, the doctors need to get together with other helping professionals in an interdisciplinary team assessment. This looks at the medical, physical and occupational medical needs of the infant. Psychosocial needs of the family may also be an issue and may require the services of family therapists or social workers. There are many treatment choices available to the family who has a child with cerebral palsy. The major goal of these treatment options is to help the child with cerebral palsy meet their best possible level of functioning.

Treatment Plan

Treatment plans for cerebral palsy depend on how affected the child is and the areas of the body affected. Some have speech problems and would benefit from speech therapy to help them vocalize their words better and be better understood. The vast majority of them have motor problems which need physical and occupational therapy.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapy involves improving the range of motion of the extremities and reducing the spasticity as much as possible. A good physical therapist can enhance the way a child sits in a wheelchair, moves with the wheelchair, ambulates with his or her legs and a crutch, crawls, and uses the upper extremities. Posture and movement are important to a child with cerebral palsy and it is the job of the physical therapist to make sure this happens in as normal a way as possible. Therapy appointments can be twice a week or you can choose to partake in a program of intensive therapy in which the child receives physical therapy several hours per day for a period of five days a week and three to five weeks duration. Such intensive therapy programs are few and far between, however, and you might have to travel to attend such a program.

Home Physical Therapy

Physical therapy continues at home with parents given instructions as to how to move the legs and arms to minimize spasticity and increase range of movement. Commitment to therapy is important so both parents and other family members need to be involved in therapy for the child with cerebral palsy. Very early intervention can begin before the child reaches six months of age, although most children with cerebral palsy are not seen in therapy before they reach the age of one or even two years of age. Early intervention works best so it is important to diagnose cerebral palsy before the child gets too much spasticity or developmental delay.

Motor Skills Therapy

Physical therapists work best on large motor skills like trunk control, arm and leg movement. They work with balance and posture as well as strength and coordination of large muscles. The child can learn to stand by himself, walk or use a wheelchair with the help of a physical therapist. Skills such as riding a bicycle, throwing a ball or kicking are learned with the help of a physical therapist. Muscles are not allowed to atrophy due to lack of use and the child achieves his or her best physical development for their age. Physical therapy is often ongoing until adulthood so the child can learn developmental milestones as soon as possible.

Occupational Therapist

An occupational therapist can be of help in treating a child with cerebral palsy. Occupational therapists deal with the smaller muscles of the body and can teach a child how to perform small tasks such as washing their face, brushing their teeth, writing and feeding themselves. These are important developmental tasks to learn because they increase independence and help the patient with cerebral palsy function better as they age to adulthood.

Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Most cases of cerebral palsy occur naturally as a birth injury and do not involve medical malpractice however a small percentage of these cases are most definitely caused by negligence on the part of healthcare professionals. If you have any reason whatsoever to suspect that your child's condition has been caused by a clinical error amounting to medical malpractice on the part of any healthcare professional, be it a doctor, midwife, nurse or technician please contact us without delay. There are time limits on claims against medical staff, hospitals and clinics and delay can preclude an award of compensation. Our medical malpractice lawyers offer a free consultation without obligation to establish whether or not you have a viable case to claim compensation for your child's injuries. Please contact us without delay by completion of the contact form or you can email our offices and a specialist medical malpractice lawyer will call you.

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