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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 physical disabilities.
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:
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