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Can Cerebral Palsy Be Cured?

by The Beasley Firm  |  December 21, 2022  |  , ,

Understanding Cerebral Palsy and Its Treatment

Currently, there is no cure for cerebral palsy (CP), but there are several treatments for the condition. Depending on the severity, many individuals with the movement disorder can expect to live full, active lives. Management of CP-related symptoms can include a wide range of techniques including medicine, therapy, surgery, and intervention.

At The Beasley Firm, we represent individuals who have children diagnosed with cerebral palsy after experiencing birth trauma. Our dedicated legal team can help you understand your rights after a CP diagnosis including whether you have the right to compensation. If your child has cerebral palsy related to a birth injury, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation. 

Is There a Cure for Cerebral Palsy?

While scientific advances are being made every day, there is no cure for cerebral palsy. It is the most common childhood motor disability affecting approximately 1 in 345 children in the United States. The movement disorder can affect many aspects of a person’s life including their mental, physical, and emotional development. 

Most medical professionals agree that early screening and intervention is key to developing a robust treatment plan. The treatment plan developed by your child’s medical team will be designed to help manage the symptoms of CP. If your child is diagnosed with the condition after complications during labor and delivery, you need to discuss your case with a cerebral palsy lawyer.

Does Cerebral Palsy Go Away?

Unlike some medical issues, cerebral palsy does not go away. It is a lifelong disorder. Treatment can help manage symptoms and conditions related to the disability. Research from agencies such as the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) continues into potential cures for the widespread childhood disorder. 

Treatment for CP-related conditions and symptoms includes:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Oral medications
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Assistive devices
  • Pain-management drugs

Early diagnosis combined with a comprehensive treatment plan is generally the best course of action. While cerebral palsy is not degenerative meaning that it will not get worse over time, the symptoms of the condition may change throughout the years. 

How Long Do People Live with Cerebral Palsy?

The life expectancy of a person with CP can vary greatly depending on the type and severity of the condition. A person with significant paralysis may live into early adulthood, while a person with greater mobility may be expected to live substantially longer. 

According to NINDS, the majority of people with cerebral palsy will experience premature aging by the time they are in their 40s. The premature aging is likely the result of “extra stress and strain the disease puts” on their bodies. Additionally, many individuals with CP experience serious mental and physical health conditions such as depression and post-impairment syndrome.

Was Your Child Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy After a Birth Injury?

Was your child diagnosed with CP after birth trauma? You might be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers have been helping birth injury victims and their families for over 60 years. Let us help you today. Call now to speak directly with an experienced attorney.

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