What scales exist to distinguishing between choreoathetosis and dyskinetic movement impairments in pediatric Cerebral Palsy (CP)? Choreoathetos is characterized by irregular involuntary movements that may involve the fa e, neck, trunk, extremities, or respiratory muscles, giving an appearance of restlessness. Onbaliu E et al from Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Belgium discuss the use of the Dyskinesia Impairment Scale (DIS) by Physical therapists (PT) in the European Paediatric Neurology Society Journal 04/25/2013.
Posts Tagged ‘Cerebral palsy’
The Physiotherapy Department, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University , Frankston , Australia are working on establishing a falls risk predictor for the adult CP population between 30-65 years. Dr. Morgan and team look at a predictive relationship of standardised measures of functional mobility, gait decline, falls history and risk scores, and Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level.
A comparison of Treadmill training and overground walking exercise practice in Cerebral Palsy CP patients presented in Clinical Rehabilitation, 04/03/2013 by Grecco LAC et al shows greater improvements in functional mobility, functional performance, gross motor function and functional balance in children for the treadmill training group. The research was conducted in the center for Rehabilitation Sciences, Universyt Nine July, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Published in Clinical Rehabilitation, 03/06/2013 Rodby-Bousquet E and team from Department of Orthopaedics, Lund University, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden show that the Posture and Postural Ability Scale could reliably detect postural asymmetries in adults with cerebral palsy. The adults were cerebral palsy patients aged 19-22 years with levels I-V of the Gross Motor Function Classification System. Postural asymmetries are thought to lead to impairment of body structure and function such as muscle imbalance, gait asymmetry and possible chronic conditions therefore clinicians should include postural assessment as part of their routine evaluations in an effort to achieve postural symmetry and reduce the risk of chronic conditions associated with impairment of body structure and function in CP patients.
Published in the American Journal of Occupational therapy (AJOT) Wen-Chi Wu OTR/L and her team from Department of Rehabilitation, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital look at the feasibility and effectiveness of group-based constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy in a clinical setting.
Dr. Kirton from the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program at Alberta Children’s Hospita, Department of Pediatrics and neurology looks at a model of plastic motor development after perinatal stroke that causes motor disability and hemiparetic cerebral palsy. The research aims at finding therapeutic targets that can be used to direct evidence based physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation techniques and improve rehabilitation outcomes after brain injury.
Dr Ann-Christin Eliasson from the Neuropediatric Research Unit in the Children’s Hospital Stockholm Sweden did a six years follow up assessment on children undergoing Modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) Program. The group aimed at looking at what happened to the childrens hand function when these children are now young adults.
The group describe the development of hand function in young adults with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP), who participated in a 2-week Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) camp 6 years earlier. The outcome measure looked at was the Hand Assessment and the Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function test as well as grip strength.
Writing in the January edition of Disability Rehabilitation, Dr. Huang and colleagues from the Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling, National Changhua University of Education , Changhua , Taiwan look at Employment outcomes of adults with cerebral palsy in Taiwan. The group found that the employment rate for adults with CP is 22.9% with 67% of these individuals working in an integrated setting, 14% in supported employment, and 19% in sheltered employment.