Cerebral palsy causes problems with movement, posture, and muscle tone. Defined as a group of movement disorders, cerebral palsy in children involves coordination and balance problems, learning disabilities, and vision and speech difficulties.
As the disease progresses, cerebral palsy in adults can cause walking or swallowing disorders, mental health disorders, challenges in the workplace, and premature aging.
Dignity Health doctors focus on treating the symptoms and coordinating supportive care for children, adults, and their families. To meet with a neurologist for personalized cerebral palsy treatment in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor.
Types of Cerebral Palsy Treatment We Offer
Treatment and therapy may depend on the severity of the disorder and personal factors. At Dignity Health, your doctor may recommend:
- Assistive devices such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, braces, and wheelchairs.
- Medications to relieve pain, muscle spasms, and control related disorders such as seizures.
- Ongoing medical monitoring to treat complications or related conditions, if they occur.
- Physical, speech, and occupational therapy to improve strength, coordination, flexibility, speech skills, and basic activities for living and working.
- Support services, including specialized programs for children with learning disabilities.
- Surgery to correct skeletal abnormalities or release tight muscles.
Considering Treatment at Dignity Health
Treatment differs for each person. Your doctor will carefully evaluate all symptoms and any related conditions to create a personalized treatment plan.
Initial treatment for children with cerebral palsy often focuses on overcoming learning disabilities and developmental delays. Ongoing medical monitoring may be recommended to treat conditions such as seizures.
Talk with a Dignity Health doctor about medications and surgery, as each have different benefits and risks. Our skilled providers are here to help you through every step of care.
Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area offer the latest clinical care as part of cerebral palsy treatment.