According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability among youth and has been identified in approximately 1 in 323 children.

Cerebral palsy, also known as CP, is defined as a loss or impairment of motor function caused by brain damage. This damage is a result of brain injury or malformation that occurs while the brain is still developing, which means before, during or immediately after birth.

 

The effects of CP vary on a case by case basis due to the difference of location and type of injury sustained to the developing brain. Individuals usually experience limited control of body movement, muscle coordination, reflexes, posture and balance. Fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning may also be affected.

 

At Bacharach, our CARF-accredited Brain Injury Program creates individualized treatment plans to make the symptoms of CP more manageable and increase cognitive functioning. Our physical, speech and occupational therapists work with patients to improve their ability to move and speak.

 

Our on-site Spasticity and Dystonia Clinic uses state-of-the-art treatments to manage tightness in muscles from CP and other conditions. In some cases, we use nerve and muscle injections or Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy, which is a programmable pump and surgically implanted catheter that deliver baclofen directly to the fluid around the spinal cord to treat spasticity.

 

To find out how Bacharach can help you or someone you know help manage the symptoms of CP, call 609-652-7000.


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