The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 72, Issue 11, pp 979–983 | Cite as

Therapeutic interventions in cerebral palsy

  • Dilip R. PatelEmail author
Symposium on Developmental and Behavioral Disorders-II


Various therapeutic interventions have been used in the management of children with cerebral palsy. Traditional physiotherapy and occupational therapy are widely used interventions and have been shown to be of benefit in the treatment of cerebral palsy. Evidence in support of the effectiveness of the neurodevelopmental treatment is equivocal at best. There is evidence to support the use and effectiveness of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in children with cerebral palsy. The effectiveness of many other interventions used in the treatment of cerebral palsy has not been clearly established based on well-controlled trials. These include: sensory integration, body-weight support treadmill training, conductive education, constraint-induced therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and the Vojta method. This article provides an overview of salient aspects of popular interventions used in the management of children with cerebral palsy.

Key words

Physiotherapy Occupational therapy Neurodevelopmental treatment Sensory integration Hippotherapy Electrical stimulation 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kalamazoo Center for Medical StudiesMichigan State UniversityKalamazooUSA

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