Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis & Treatment
Insight from Top Atlanta Birth Injury Lawyers
Cerebral palsy is caused by developmental issues or
brain damage suffered in the early stages of a child's life. While this often begins
before birth, children are vulnerable to the condition during the first
few years of life. Regardless of the specific cause, advances in healthcare
have given doctors the ability to effectively diagnose and treat the symptoms
of cerebral palsy throughout your child's life.
Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is generally discovered during development as a child fails
to meet specific benchmarks associated with normal development. A doctor
will screen your child for signs of palsy in regular well-child visits.
It is recommended that you schedule such checkups at 9, 18, and 24 or
30 months, providing opportunities for a physician to observe potential
problems at these key stages of development.
In general, cerebral palsy can be determined by a child's ability to
perform different motor functions. Activities such as rolling over, crawling,
or walking may be delayed or even impossible as a child struggles with
muscle control on account of palsy. Likewise, poor eyesight, difficulty
swallowing, and involuntary muscle spasms are also indicative of cerebral
palsy. If you observe symptoms of cerebral palsy in your child, contact
a medical professional with your concerns.
How to Treat Cerebral Palsy
While there is not a cure for palsy, a person can undergo treatment to
help overcome the debilitating effects of the condition. Such treatment
may be directed at minimizing health complications, preparing an individual
for independent living, or both. The specifics of a treatment program
will vary on an individual basis
Options for treatment include:
- Physical and/or speech therapy
- Surgery for tendons, nerves, etc.
- Muscle relaxants and other medicines
- Casts or other supportive devices
- Occupational Therapy
When applied early in a child's life, these treatments can help them
effectively cope with or overcome the symptoms of palsy. The
Atlanta birth injury attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. provide legal service to help families
of children with cerebral palsy as they seek appropriate treatment.
Contact Our Compassionate and Effective Atlanta Law Firm
Because cerebral palsy is not genetic, the condition is often developed
as a result of medical malpractice. If you believe that a physician's
negligence is to blame for your child's disability, call our firm.
We are rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell on account of our
client-centered legal service, and we are prepared to help you seek adequate
compensation for your needs. Additionally, we will remain in personal
contact with your family during and after a case.
Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.