How is cerebral palsy treated?

Although cerebral palsy cannot be cured, in many instances it can be effectively treated and managed. Treatment often involves a combination of approaches and varies with each individual. Physical therapy can teach patients how to train and exercise their muscles, speech therapy can help improve speaking and other tasks involving the mouth, and eye surgery or prescription lenses can repair or compensate for vision problems. Some patients benefit from antispasticity medicines, while others require orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery to change the position of an arm or leg, so assistance devices such as crutches or braces can be used. Newer techniques include Botox injections directly into involved muscles to decrease muscle rigidity and Baclofen infusion pumps that provide a constant stream of muscle relaxant into the spinal fluid.

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