There's currently no cure for cerebral palsy, but treatments are available to help people with the condition have a normal and independent a life as possible.
Children and adults with the condition are cared for by a team of healthcare professionals, who will work with you to come up with a care plan.
This plan will be continually reassessed as the person's needs change.
There are a wide range of treatments available.
Physiotherapy is a treatment that involves techniques such as exercise and stretching to help maintain and hopefully improve movement. It's one of the most important treatments for cerebral palsy.
The main goals of physiotherapy are to:
A physiotherapist will teach you some exercises to strengthen and stretch your child's muscles. You can do these with your child every day.
They may also provide walking aids (such as a walking frame or walking sticks) if needed, and/or special arm or leg braces (called orthoses) to support the limbs.
Speech therapy can help children who have trouble communicating by allowing them to practise their speech with exercises, or teaching them an alternative method of communication, such as sign language or pictures.
A Speech Therapist may also be able to provide special equipment to help your child communicate, such as a computer connected to a machine that generates speech.
Younger children may be given a device similar to a laptop that's covered with symbols of everyday objects and activities. The child then presses a combination of symbols to communicate.
Occupational Therapy involves a therapist identifying problems that you or your child have carrying out everyday tasks.
They can advise you on the best way to carry out activities that require complex movements, such as going to the toilet or getting dressed.
Occupational Therapy can be extremely useful in boosting your child's self-esteem and independence, especially as they get older.
There are medications that can help relieve several of the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy.
It's unlikely you or your child will need to take all of these medicines.