Physical Therapy for Cerebral Palsy in Brooklyn, NY

Caused by brain damage during development, Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that consists of motor function impairments. Motor function impairments include but are not limited to:

  • difficulties articulating speech
  • difficulties walking
  • difficulties expressing emotions due to impairments in the facial muscles.

People suffering from cerebral palsy typically have difficulty performing procedural movement tasks which include the aforementioned motor function impairments as well as impairments for simple tasks like tying shoelaces and eating. The most common form of cerebral palsy affects both legs however there are many other types. Cerebral palsy can affect both arms, show an increase in impairment as a person increases their speed, affect only one side of the body, or even affect the arms, legs, neck, and trunk all at once.

For more information on cerebral palsy refer to this guide. There is no cure for cerebral palsy; however, there are several methods of treatment. Physical therapy is one such option, and the team at Madison Physical Therapy in Brooklyn is happy to work with you.

In the context of cerebral palsy, physical therapy is used to improve motor function by improving muscle capabilities. Similar to physical therapy used in the treatment of sports injuries, stretches, applying heat to individual muscles, and muscle massages have all been shown to help cerebral palsy patients live normal lives.

Once physical therapy is determined to be the right course of action for you or your loved one, an evaluation of specific symptoms is performed. Your therapist will then craft a plan of treatment that caters to your individual symptoms and treatment needs.

A specific treatment can consist of the use of equipment such as

  • exercise balls
  • weights
  • resistance bands

Swimming and electric muscle stimulation can be used to help your muscles move when/where you decide to move them.

Madison Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, NY offers physical therapy services for cerebral palsy patients in Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge. For hourly information or to schedule an appointment, refer to the Madison Physical Therapy website found here.