Treatments & Therapy
A serious birth injury like cerebral palsy or PPHN often requires years of proper medical management to minimize the impact on a child’s development. As the medical industry continues to make progress with new and innovative treatments, children with birth injuries are given the opportunity for improved quality of life.
Birth Injury Treatments
There are a variety of treatment types available for children affected by birth injury. Many parents have used the following treatments in hopes of improving their child’s physical and mental condition:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Surgical repair
- Speech/language therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Social development therapy
- Clinical trials
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Adaptive medical equipment
- Special education
Treatments may be given at hospitals, private clinics, or even a school setting. If you have read about a certain birth injury therapy you think may help your child, you can always discuss it with your child’s primary physician.
Birth injury treatments are costly, but with help from an experienced birth injury attorney, you can fight for ample financial support that will cover any and all possible treatments your child might need.
Your Child’s Care Plan
The key to enhancing a child’s abilities after a birth injury lies with early intervention. A birth injury should be evaluated and treatment started as soon as possible for the best chance at positive improvement.
The goal with any birth injury treatment is to improve function, whether that means balance and mobility, brain function, muscle function, range of motion, joint function, or another aspect of the body. Depending on the unique presentation of symptoms, your child’s care plan will most likely consist of several different types of therapy for the optimal outcome. Your child’s independence is the ultimate goal, from breathing independently to walking, talking, and performing daily normal activities.
Your child’s care plan will include short- and long-term steps for fostering normal growth and encouraging positive physical, emotional, and social development.
Cerebral Palsy Treatment
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of incurable conditions affecting motor coordination and sometimes cognitive abilities, as well. Each cerebral palsy child will have unique symptoms and challenges, relying on a strategic combination of treatment efforts to improve the quality of life. Thankfully, cerebral palsy is not progressive, meaning the symptoms and effects do not typically worsen over time.
The tricky thing with cerebral palsy is the complications that can arise due to the effects on the body. For example, the weak muscle tone typical of cerebral palsy patients can cause bone deterioration, making children prone to breaks and fractures.
Treatment is highly individualized, centered around each child’s presentation of symptoms and resulting complications. The ultimate goal of a treatment plan is to facilitate normalcy, encourage safety, and prevent physical or psychological harm. A team of caregivers is assembled, which may include surgeons, physical therapists, child psychologists, and other medical specialists.
Social integration and active participation in educational and recreational activities is a primary objective, along with symptom management.
Treatment for cerebral palsy may contain the following aspects of care:
- Physical therapy to improve movement, flexibility, and range of motion
- Wheelchairs, crutches, and other mobility equipment
- Orthotic devices such as braces to encourage proper muscle function and growth
- Medication to reduce tremors, muscles spasms, and rigidity
- Surgery to correct abnormal growth problems such as spine curvature or muscle tightness, or to facilitate normal movement
- Speech therapy to improve language and communication skills affected by the condition
- Occupational therapy to improve issues like hand movement, feeding, and swallowing
Paying for Treatment
Cerebral palsy treatment often sends affected families into financial crisis. The cost of specialty care continues to rise, and insurance caps mean more out-of-pocket costs than the average family can afford. If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical mistake, the law says you may have a right to recover medical expenses and other damages.
Erb’s Palsy Treatment
Where can you turn when your child is faced with a lifetime of hardship after an Erb’s palsy diagnosis? For children with limpness, paralysis, poor muscle control, and loss of sensation in the arms, hands, and shoulders, the prognosis can seem bleak. Once nerve tissue is ruptured or torn, there is a limit as to what repair measures will prove successful. But there is always hope, especially with new and innovative medical breakthroughs.
Assessing the Damage
The first step in determining a treatment program is to assess the severity of the injury. Your physician will perform a number of tests and record details about dysfunction in the affected arm, shoulder, and hand. X-rays and MRI images help pinpoint the extent of nerve damage. Your doctor will test for numbness, paralysis, and other effects. Once your child’s Erb’s palsy is classified into a type category, a comprehensive treatment plan will be created with the goal of improving muscle and joint function and restoring mobility.
Treatment Options for Erb’s Palsy
There are several options for Erb’s palsy children that have proven successful in many cases. The treatment modalities recommended for your child will depend on age, degree of nerve damage, and the results of diagnostic testing. Any one of the following options may be effective in increasing functionality and range of motion in the arm, hand, or shoulder.
- Surgery to repair nerve damage
- Occupational therapy
- Hydrotherapy (water)
- Muscle strengthening and flexibility exercises
- Nerve graft surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Physical therapy
Financial Compensation for Treatment Expenses
Surgery, therapies, and other medical treatments can be extremely costly. As with any nerve damage repair attempt, there is no guarantee that you will see an improvement. If your child does not respond to treatment, you may also need to consider the long-term costs associated with Erb’s palsy, such as special braces and medical equipment.
- Birth Injury Medication
- Birth Injury Surgery
- Cerebral Palsy as a Result of Infertility Treatments
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Infant Assistive Technology Programs
- Infant Craniosacral Therapy
- Infant Occupational Therapy
- Infant Physical Therapy
- Infant Speech Pathology
- Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia