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Physical therapy (PT) is an important part of managing
cerebral palsy (CP). It usually starts soon after
diagnosis. It may begin earlier, depending on the symptoms. Some people with CP
continue physical therapy throughout their lives, especially those with severe
The goals of physical therapy are to:
As part of a child's physical therapy, parents may be taught ways to
keep their child's muscles strong and joints flexible. Physical therapists may
work with parents on the following simple approaches:
Physical therapy also may include the use of:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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