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Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that covers many neurological disorders. It involves brain and nervous system functions. There are several types of cerebral palsy and are further classified depending on symptoms. These are spastic, ataxic, hypotonic, dyskinetic, and the combination of all of the above.

Most of these injuries to the brain happen during pregnancy, but they can also occur during the first two years of life while the baby's brain is still in the developmental stage. While in the womb the injury to the baby's brain can happen due to a lack of blood or oxygen sypply. Damage to the nervous system can also occur during a breeched birth causing excesive strain to the head and neck area. Symptoms are usually seen before the age of two, and sometimes as early as three months. Parents will notice that the baby is having difficulty crawling, sitting, rolling or standing. Medical examination will confirm the diagnosis.

Physical therapy is among the most important functions in rehabilitation for patients diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The treatments are tailored to each individual patient. The therapy session offers many different options including:

  • Gait Training
  • Balance
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Coordination Exercises
  • Family Training
  • Orthotics Recomendation
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Equipment Recommendation
  • Neuromuscular Reeducation
  • Aquatic Therapy

Your medical facility will assist and guide you for the proper care of your child.

PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES office works with cerebral palsy patients ages 4 and up. Call us at 516-741-1620 if you have any questions.