When a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), or any other health condition for that matter, one of the first things concerned parents and family members want to know is whether or not there is a cure. The feeling is only natural, because you’d likely give anything to help your loved one in their time of need.
The Answer Today
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is that there is currently no cure for CP. This may be at least partly due to the fact that the cause of CP is unknown, which makes it even more difficult to find a solution.
On a positive note, however, CP is unlike a lot of other diseases in that it does not get progressively worse over time, nor is it terminal in nature. Plus, many people with CP go on to live a satisfying life, regardless of their diagnosis.
Working Toward a Better Tomorrow
There is hope that there will someday be a cure for cerebral palsy. That’s why researchers continue to engage in studies to better understand this disease, what causes it, what factors increase its risk, and what treatment remedies appear to provide the best response.
One way they do this is through clinical trials. For instance, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) conducts several clinical trials related to cerebral palsy. These include whether or not Botox and daily vibration treatments can provide CP patients with relief, and how much therapy is needed to most effectively help young children with spastic cerebral palsy, which affects one side of their body.
Other agencies are doing what they can to learn more about this particular condition and how to best deal with it—if not cure it completely. The Neurogen Brain and Spine Institute is one, and they’re in the process of conducting studies on bone marrow cell transplantation and its impact on cerebral palsy.
Organizations based in other countries are taking part as well. For example, one study involving 11 different German centers is studying whether deep brain stimulation can help patients with dyskinetic cerebral palsy with regards to motor development, speech, memory, attention, cognitive abilities, and pain perception.
Improving Life Quality for CP Patients
Until a cure can be found, there are many things that parents, family members, and caretakers can do to help individuals diagnosed with CP learn how to live a happy and full life.
This begins with ensuring that they receive a proper diagnosis to learn what type of CP they have. The next step is connecting them with the best treatments possible based on their type and level of severity. This often includes engaging in different therapies, taking medications to help ease the symptoms, and in more severe cases, undergoing corrective surgeries.
Again, cerebral palsy is not a disease of progression, nor is it necessarily terminal. Although sometimes complications do arise with this particular condition, that doesn’t mean CP is a death sentence. It can often be well-managed and give the patient a long and fruitful life.