Children with cerebral palsy commonly suffer with muscle spasticity and this abnormal muscle tightness usually makes it harder to move and walk and rest in comfortable positions. Spasticity may cause joints to be held relatively fixed in certain positions. This can also weaken other muscles around the joint. Orthotic devices and braces can help hold joints and parts of the child’s body in positions which then allow them to move more easily, sit with more stability, and encourage a child with cerebral palsy to develop more strength and mobility.
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Understanding Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
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