Treatment Options

Treatment Options

There is no standard therapy that works for every type and every person with CP.  Many factors should be considered when putting together a treatment plan. Once a CP diagnosis is made and the type of CP is determined, a team of health care professionals will work to develop a treatment plan to meet your goals. 

This will likely change over time through various ages and stages of life and may include a variety of approaches. One, or several different types of treatment, may be recommended depending on severity and what parts of the body are affected. Remember to ask questions of your clinicians and providers regarding why they are recommending a specific treatment and what to expect as a result. 

Remember to ask questions of your clinicians and providers regarding why they are recommending a specific treatment and what to expect as a result. 

Contributors
Cynthia Frisina
Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Cerebral Palsy Foundation
Dr. David Roye, MD
Medical Director, Cerebral Palsy Foundation & Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center, Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Hank Chambers, MD
Rady’s Children’s Hospital & Health Center Children’s Specialists Orthopedic Center
Dr. Heakyung Kim, MD
A. David Gurewitsch Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Joshua E. Hyman, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at CUMC, Associate Director, Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center
Dr. Lisa Thornton, MD
Division Chief for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Sidra Hospital in Doha, Qatar.​​​​​​​
Dr. Nathalie Maitre, MD, PhD
Director of Early Development and Cerebral Palsy Research, Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Chief Science Officer and co-Founder SmallTalk
Fabiola Reyes, MD 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician / Médico de medicina física y rehabilitación
Jennifer Lyman
Cerebral Palsy Resource Content Manager, AACPDM Community Council Member
Kyle Ryan, MD 
Director of the Adult Spasticity Rehabilitation Program of the Southern Family Cerebral Palsy Center
Lane Wimberly, MD 
Orthopedic Director of the Cerebral Palsy Program, and the Medical Director of Movement Science at Scottish Rite for Children / Director ortopédico del Programa de Parálisis Cerebral y Director Médico de Ciencias del Movimiento en “Scottish Rite for Child
Mauricio R. Delgado, M.D., FRCPC, FAAN
Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center / Profesor de Neurología y Neuroterapia en “The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center”
Nathan Rosenberg, MD 
Assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State University, Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Inpatient Consultation Service
Paulo Selber, MD
 Director of Gait Recovery at the Weinberg Family CP Center | Pediatric & Adult Orthopedic Surgery, Gait Analysis
Phoebe Scott-Wyard, D.O.
 Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and Assistant Professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine