Cerebral Palsy treatment options

There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy but treatments are available to help optimise function, maximise independence and participation, reduce discomfort and reduce the need for surgery.

People with the cerebral palsy will work with a number of healthcare professionals to develop a treatment plan that is right for them. This may include:

  • Physiotherapy – to promote and maintain movement.
  • Occupational Therapy – to assist with everyday tasks and encourage independence.
  • Speech and Language Therapy – to enable and support communication and eating and drinking needs.
  • Medicines to help with muscle stiffness, sleep difficulties, epilepsy, constipation or pain.
  • Collaborative working with different professionals (such as Dieticians, Community Nurses, Paediatricians) for the management of nutrition and alternative means of feeding.
  • Support in the management of saliva (drooling) in collaboration with ENT (Ear Nose and Throat specialists) and nursing – this could include medication or surgery.
  • Surgery to help with posture, pain, incontinence or to reduce stiffness in the legs.
  • Provision of supportive equipment

More information on the treatment of cerebral palsy can be found on the NHS Cerebral Palsy information page

For more information on these treatments please see the links below:

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – information on botulinum toxin injections

Scope – Botulinum Toxin A (Botox)

Scope Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) therapy

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) Service

Scope – Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)


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