Something more about “Cerebral Palsy”
Although, Cerebral Palsy is a congenital lifelong physical disability with low to zero chances for improvement, yet there are many interventions available that can be used to reduce its impact on the body and the individual’s quality of life. A cerebral Palsy treatment includes surgical procedures if possible to improve the condition of cerebral palsy, therefore, offering the patient a chance to improve day-to-day life.
Kids suffering from cerebral palsy India also require extensive support and care by a team of healthcare professionals and community-based support services who operate together to give the child a chance to heal.
With the growing age, many patients have learned to live with this larger than life problem. They took the responsibility of their own health and wellbeing. However, the support of health professionals and fitness trainers is mandatory to encourage them to fight with the disease.
Is it possible to prevent or cure the patients of cerebral palsy?
Currently, we cannot say for sure because there is no definite treatment is available right now to prevent or cure cerebral palsy.
World Health Organization took several steps to help children with cerebral palsy, public health measures such as seatbelts, pool fencing and rubella vaccinations are paying key role in preventing Cerebral Palsy at some extent. Several treatments and surgical procedures have been developed to mitigate the risk or severity of cerebral palsy. Some of them are:
Newborn infants who suffered brain damage due to the lack of oxygen at the time of birth may be treated with cooling. It helps to drop the body temperature of the baby to reduce the impact of brain injury.
A single course of steroid given to mother who are at risk of preterm birth reduces the chances of babies of having cerebral palsy.
Given to pregnant women who are at high risk of preterm birth, magnesium can help protect babies from brain injuries that lead to cerebral palsy
Pediatricians who specialize in children related health issues prescribe medications to improve the body movements. Some medicines are taken orally while others are injected or delivered through surgical implanted pumps.
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is the most recommended neurological surgical procedure that is rarely proposed in very special cases of children with cerebral palsy to permanently remove spasticity in the legs.
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists focus on encouraging children with cerebral palsy to develop movement skills for day-to-day life activities such as clothing, walking, eating, dressings and toileting.