Treatment and therapy options for local children with cerebral palsy

The second largest suburb of Detroit is Sterling Heights.  This city was listed as one of the best small cities to live in by Money magazine, and it is the sixth safest city in the U.S.  With the Clinton River branches running through it, Sterling Heights is a beautiful place to raise children.

The Crawl, Walk, Jump, Run Therapy Center in Sterling Heights specializes in intensive therapy programs for children with neurological problems, such as cerebral palsy.  Treatment and therapy offered at this center helps kids with the following:

  • Leg, trunk and arm strength
  • Balance
  • Alternating arm and leg movements to mimic a walking pattern
  • Treadmill walking on a treadmill that utilizes a partial weight bearing system to makes it easier for children to practice walking
  • Coordination
  • Motor planning

In nearby Clinton Township, the award winning Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital has a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department that focuses on helping children gain control over their movement disorders and become part of community-based work and school programs.  This very broad and unique program utilizes specialists from a wide array of fields and provides many different services.

Services and programs offered by the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department include the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Augmentative communication
  • Intrathecal baclofen intervention
  • Nutrition programs
  • Occupational therapy
  • Prosthetics/orthotics
  • Myoelectric intervention
  • Speech pathology and support groups
  • Social work
  • Support groups

The services and programs are aimed at helping children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spasticity, diplegia, gait (walking) disorders, hemiplegia, orthopedic issues, quadriplegia and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).


A boy named Joe Cancilla is one of the many children successfully treated by DMC’s Physical Medicine and Rehab Department.  Joe suffered a stroke while in his mother’s womb, which caused him to develop cerebral palsy.  The right side of Joe’s body was partially paralyzed, and Joe could barely crawl.  When he got to the age where he wanted to try and walk, he could hardly move his right leg.  Joe’s parents took him to see a pediatrician and then a pediatric neurologist.  Thanks to an early diagnosis, Joe was able to start an aggressive regimen of treatment and therapy for his cerebral palsy.

The long hours of treatment and therapy paid off and Joe had incredible improvements in movement on the right side of his body.  He played on the little league baseball team, and despite having limited ability on his right arm and leg, Joe made the junior varsity team and excelled as a pitcher and first baseman.  He also plays soccer, golf, basketball and street hockey.  Joe cares a lot about helping children with disabilities and he wants to pursue a career in the field of athletic training or exercise physiology.


Not all children will have results similar to Joe’s.  Cerebral palsy causes different types of muscle and movement problems in each child.  The key with cerebral palsy management is early intervention and aggressive therapy / treatment.

A good cerebral palsy program is multi-dimensional and utilizes specialists from many fields.  The program should focus on improving the child’s life long-term, with an emphasis not only on decreasing physical problems, but also on helping the child with emotional, social and psychological issues.  The central goal should be to help the child be as happy and independent as possible.

In the last few years, there have been significant advancements in therapies and treatments for cerebral palsy.  Treatments and therapies include the following:


The award winning attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have been helping children with cerebral palsy in Sterling Heights and throughout the nation for over two decades.  Jesse Reiter has been focusing on birth injury cases his entire 25+ year career, and most of Jesse’s cases involve helping kids who have cerebral palsy.  Jesse spends a lot of time getting to know the child and family he is helping so that he can fully understand the child’s needs.  Jesse has won many awards for his advocacy of children, and he is currently recognized as being one of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report 2014, as well as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Michigan by Super Lawyers magazine.  Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers is also recognized as being one of the best law firms in country by U.S. News and World Report 2014.

Cerebral palsy is a difficult area of law to pursue due to the complex nature of the disorder and the medical records that support it. The attorneys at ABC Law Centers have decades of experience with cerebral palsy cases, and have won numerous awards.  To find out if you have a case, contact our firm to speak with an experienced cerebral palsy attorney.  We handle cases in Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation.  We have numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to our success, and no fees are ever paid to our firm until we win your case.  Email or call us at 888-419-2229.


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