Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy (CP). Treatment focuses on controlling the symptoms and complications of cerebral palsy, including muscle spasticity and seizure disorders. A specialist in rehabilitation, called a physiatrist, usually coordinates care with other specialists. Medications are used to help control abnormal movements and muscle spasms. In some cases, surgery may improve severe muscle spasticity. Surgery may also be required to relieve contractures, which are muscles that become shortened, rigid, and firm from the constant spasticity.

Treatment of cerebral palsy may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Treatment for muscle contractures
  • Treatment for muscle spasms
  • Medications for tremors
  • Medications for seizures
  • Hearing aids
  • Support groups for cerebral palsy
  • Special education for cerebral palsy

Medications for cerebral palsy include:

Cerebral Palsy Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat cerebral palsy:

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Last Updated: May 24, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cerebral Palsy References
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