To ease the pain and aid mobility, you will have to find as many resources as you can for a cerebral palsy patient. Treat the sufferer with all the available options.
- Step 1: Consider surgery on tendons, bones, and joints to better align the limbs. In extreme cases, the nerves can be cut to relieve stress, though the area will be left numb.
- TIP: Experiments with amino acid therapy during the neonatal phase have shown promising results in waking formerly inactive nerve cells and recovering motor function.
- Step 2: Introduce the sufferer to dance and yoga therapies, which can aid flexibility. In each exercise, the patients are expressing themselves, gaining movement, responding to music, and interacting with others.
- FACT: As of 2010, approximately 1 in three 3 with cerebral palsy could not walk. 1 in 4 was unable to feed or dress themselves.
- Step 3: Teach the cerebral palsy patient to speak more clearly or use sign language. In special instances, ease communication by using a board with figures and symbols for pointing.
- Step 4: Consider the implantation of a deep brain stimulator that sends impulses in order to control muscle and movement.
- TIP: Certain drugs can be delivered through a pump implanted in the abdomen that feeds directly into the spinal fluid.
- Step 5: Consider Botox injections into spastic muscles. Be aware that problems with swallowing and breathing may result, particularly in children.
- Step 6: Use braces, splints, or muscle exercises to stretch and work the patient's muscles and improve walking. Physical and occupational therapy increase options for the patient to participate independently in some daily activities.
- Step 7: Give the person with cerebral palsy medicine to relax contracted muscles. Even if they cause drowsiness or upset stomach, the drugs can provide temporary relief.