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Treating cerebral palsy is a lifelong team effort. Family members give the most care, with help from the primary care provider, therapists and orthotist (brace-maker). The team could also include a psychiatrist, neurologist, orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. This care team works together to help your child achieve the most function possible.
Your child may have regular sessions with a physical therapist or occupational therapist. The therapist guides the course of the sessions and monitors progress. The family makes therapy part of the child’s daily routine. Some types of therapy include:
A therapist or your health-care provider may suggest these therapies for your child:
Muscles affected by cerebral palsy will constantly pull a joint in one direction until it gets tighter and eventually gets stuck there. Braces help maintain a gentle resistance against that pull while holding the braced part in the right position. A child may need: