Our Cerebral Palsy Blog details the latest news in cerebral palsy diagnosis and treatment. You’ll also find judicial and legislative updates, and information on cases successfully resolved by the cerebral palsy attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.
What Treatments Are Available for Cerebral Palsy?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability among children. It affects an average of 3.3 out of every 1,000 kids in certain parts of the country. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms. The goal is to allow the child to live as normal a life as possible.
In many cases, the treatment can be expensive and time-consuming. It may be required for the child’s entire life. Parents whose children have developed cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence should strongly consider filing a lawsuit against the doctor or care provider who caused the condition. A lawsuit can allow you to recover money to pay for treatment for your child as well as to compensate your child and family for the pain and suffering and other losses you have endured.
There are strict time limits for recovering compensation for cerebral palsy from your healthcare provider and specific guidelines for what you must prove. To learn more and to get help bringing a claim for damages, contact an experienced Illinois cerebral palsy attorney at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. today.
Creating a Long-Term Treatment Plan for Cerebral Palsy
Because cerebral palsy cannot be cured, long-term treatment typically is required. This treatment will focus on managing and reducing symptoms to allow your child to reach his full potential. The treatment plan will generally be created with the help of a number of experts, including:
- Primary care physician (usually a pediatrician)
- Physiatrist (doctor that specializes in rehabilitation and physical therapy)
- Orthopedist (doctor who specializes in muscle and neurological problems)
- Neurologist (doctor who specializes in the nervous system)
- Physical therapists
- Mental health specialists
- Social service professionals who provide support and help coordinate care.
It is important that you understand the full treatment plan as well as the costs of treatment before settling any malpractice case against your doctor or healthcare provider. An Illinois cerebral palsy attorney will help you to make sure you get sufficient compensation to provide your child with all the treatment he or she needs.
Treatment Options for Cerebral Palsy
The appropriate treatment option for your child is going to vary, depending upon the nature of your child’s symptoms. Some potential treatment options include:
- Drug therapy/medications – A variety of different medications can be used in treating cerebral palsy, including muscle relaxants or medications used for tight, stiff or overactive muscles. Pain medications can also be administered to relieve muscle and joint pain that most cerebral palsy patients experience due to stiff or contracted muscles. Medications may be administered orally or in injections, shots or pumps implanted in the body.
- Physical therapy – This type of treatment involves exercising and stretching to increase flexibility, coordination and balance. It can help minimize problems from overly rigid or loose muscles and can help improve coordination.
- Occupational therapy – This type of treatment involves teaching your child basic life skills that he or she can use in carrying out normal daily activities.
- Speech and language therapy – A speech therapist can assist your child with communication difficulties. Speech therapists can also help your child with difficulties he or she has in swallowing or chewing or with excessive drooling.
- Surgical treatments – Surgeries can help children with stiff or spastic muscles by loosening or lengthening the affected muscles and tendons and treating the joints to improve range of motion and stability. Surgeons can also cut nerves leading to over-active muscles, causing the muscles to relax and relieving stiffness, muscle tightening and pain. This surgery, while it may help your child to have more muscle control, is controversial due to the potentially serious side-effects and its irreversible nature.
- Adaptive medical devices/equipment – Medical devices, including orthotic shoes, walkers, canes, body supports and electric wheelchairs, can all be used to help a child with cerebral palsy gain independence and mobility.
In addition to these treatments for primary symptoms of cerebral palsy, your child may also be treated for secondary problems associated with the condition. This can include treatment for incontinence, seizures or excessive pain.
Contact Our Illinois Cerebral Palsy Injury Lawyers Today
When your child has cerebral palsy, early intervention is very important to help your child maximize his or her potential. Early treatment can allow your child to improve his quality of life and to live a richer, fuller life.
Taking early action when it comes to enforcing your legal rights is also very important due to the strict time limits associated with bringing a medical malpractice case. Missing a deadline to file a claim could result in your claim being barred forever. You could be deprived of the chance to get the money you need to provide your child with the very best treatments and lifetime care.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we can put our more than 30 years of experience to work for you. We’ve worked hard to build the tools and resources necessary for success in representing cerebral palsy victims and their families. We understand what you’re going through, and we can help from our locations in Waukegan and Chicago, Illinois.
Please contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach one of our Chicago cerebral palsy attorneys at our toll-free number or by using our online contact form. Your consultation is free and confidential, so there is nothing to lose by giving us a call. We’ll schedule a brief visit to discuss your situation, and then we’ll let you know how we can help with your legal and family needs.