Occupational and Physical Therapy

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Physical therapy addresses gross motor skills and large muscle groups especially those in the lower extremities and abdomen. The therapies designed to improve large muscle group performance may also help some children avoid deformities that result from habitual abnormal movements, irregular muscle development, joint contractures and other conditions. Physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy may allow them to develop the ability to

Strengthening, stretching and positioning muscles is a major focus of physical therapy. While such activities are designed to facilitate physical improvements, the opportunities for play, for social interaction and for cognitive development can also lead to a more rewarding childhood than may otherwise be available. Though any treatment that will improve your child's life is extremely important, physical therapy may be the most essential as the skills it helps develop have many wide-ranging applications. Therapy should be customized depending on the symptoms your child has and the level of challenges they face.

Occupational Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Occupational therapy for children with CP can help them accomplish activities and daily tasks that require fine motor skills and coordination particularly in their arms and face but also in their feet and hands. The therapy a child receives may also indirectly help them develop their cognitive, intellectual and social skills. Such therapy focuses on the small muscles necessary for

Occupational therapy may also prove helpful with a child's general mobility, posture and gait even though these are often the purview of physical therapy. Additionally, many of the skills that a child develops through physical and occupational therapy will help them operate adaptive technologies as they mature: touch screen computers, voice recognition devices, and even bicycles. As with all treatments for CP, the type of cerebral palsy and the associated symptoms will dictate the type of therapy most appropriate

For many children and adults with CP, physical and occupational therapy are both necessary. In some cases, such therapy is needed throughout a person's entire life.

In addition to providing therapy for your child throughout their life, therapists may also visit your home and assess the environment. They will make recommendations to help your child achieve a high level of independence. Access to the restroom, seating that is customized for the child's posture, and opportunities for play and education in your community may also be the focus of the therapist's assessment. The goal is to help your child achieve many opportunities to have fun, mature, interact with others and develop to his/her full potential. Caring for a child with CP requires a community of support and access to experts who can respond to questions, offer guidance, and help with the many challenges that arise for individuals with CP and their families.

Our medical and legal team has been focused on cases involving cerebral palsy and other serious medical conditions for more than 30 years and we have relationships with top physical and occupational therapists throughout California and the nation. We share these resources to help our clients' children live dignified and comfortable lives. By contacting us for legal assistance if your child has CP, we can inform you of your rights. Additionally, we can advise you of your opportunities for financial compensation if your child's medical challenges were caused by medical error or malpractice. Such compensation may help you recover lost wages and lifetime benefits that will give you access to the best CP treatment and therapy available.