Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects the brain. It causes varying degrees of abnormal muscle movement, learning disabilities, problems with vision, and other difficulties. There is no cure, but highly skilled neurologists at Dignity Health North State work with you and your family on a personalized treatment plan to manage the effects of cerebral palsy.
If you or your child has cerebral palsy, use our convenient Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment today with an experienced neurologist. Both Mercy Medical Center Redding and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital offer comprehensive neurology services. Your neurologist and a dedicated staff will coordinate your cerebral palsy treatment in Northern California.
Common Treatments for Cerebral Palsy at Dignity Health North State
Cerebral palsy therapies and treatments address your specific symptoms and provide supportive care to improve the lives of affected children and adults and their families.
Treatments for cerebral palsy in children and adults include medications, surgery, and physical, emotional, and occupational therapy:
- Medications calm muscle spasticity characteristic of movement disorders and can also help control seizures.
- Occupational therapy can ease struggles with activities of daily living and includes help with assistive devices, such as braces, wheelchairs, hearing aids, and eyeglasses.
- Physical therapy improves muscle tone, flexibility, motor coordination, and helps alleviate pain associated with cerebral palsy.
- Psychological therapy addresses the social and emotional aspects of cerebral palsy.
- Speech therapy improves swallowing ability, speech, and teaches new and more effective ways of communicating.
- Surgical interventions include orthopedic procedures to release tight muscles and correct any skeletal abnormalities to improve movement and reduce pain. Neurosurgery is also an option in some cases.
Specialized Services for Treating Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy in children requires early intervention and access to specialized programs designed to help them overcome developmental delays and learning disabilities. In addition, children face ongoing medical conditions as they grow into adults with cerebral palsy. At Dignity Health North State, the strong bond we form with our patients and families is necessary to effectively monitor and treat related conditions or complications of cerebral palsy.
We also offer consultation with a social worker for help connecting to support systems in your community. Social support in a compassionate environment can be an important part of any cerebral palsy treatment strategy.
Talk to your doctor today for more information about our multifaceted approach to cerebral palsy treatment in Northern California.
Dignity Health North State offers patients comprehensive cerebral palsy treatment in Red Bluff and Redding, CA.