Posture and gait is improved by Physical therapists that target trunk strengthening in rehabilitation programmes for children with Cerebral Palsy. Researchers from the Division of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University , Cape Town , South Africa writing in Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 04/09/2013 and working with spastic–type cerebral palsy (STCP) children use trunk-targeted intervention and show improvements in strength and posture and distance walked.
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Improving posture and gait in children with spastic–type cerebral palsy (STCP). A trunk-targeted intervention Strength and posture
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.
The methods used were data from a longitudinal survey on a national sample of some 830 adults covered by health insurance who had one of the four disabling conditions: cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and spinal cord injury. Cross sectional analysis of the data produced estimates of annual prevalence and reasons and symptoms for which CAM practitioners were consulted.
The results showed that CAM practitioners were consulted by 19% of the sample, a rate similar to, or higher than the general population. The use of CAM was more prevalent among women than men (24 vs. 10%), in the Western US (30%) compared to the Midwest (20%) Northeast (14%), and South (10%). It was used by former devotees (62%) compared to non-users (8%). Spinal cord injury reported the lowest use (14%). The most common symptoms treated were pain (80%), decreased functioning (43%), and lack of energy (24%). The common reasons for using CAM practitioners included a lifestyle choice (67%) and also because they are perceived to be more effective than conventional medicine (44%).
The conclusions of the survey suggest that a significant proportion of people with physical disabilities consult CAM practitioners. Many of those who use CAM do so because it fits their lifestyle and because they perceive it to be more effective than conventional medicine for treating common symptoms including pain and decreased functioning.
Effective treatment of physical disability can also be achieved by obtaining and using the correct physical therapy product. Leading the pack is the TUTOR system. Consisting of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR these recent innovations have been created to treat physical limb disabilities as a result of a stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, MS, CP and other upper or lower limb disabilities.
The TUTOR system consists of motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises. The dedicated software allows the therapist to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s movement ability. Consisting of ergonomicaly designed gloves and braces the TUTORs optimize the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows him to better perform daily functional tasks and thereby improve his quality of life.
The TUTORs are currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics and are available at home through telerehabilitation. Fully certified by the FDA and CE the TUTORs can be used by adults as well as children from the age of 5 and up.
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placed and contain sensors connected to dedicated software that allows the user to get intensive exercise. Physical and Occupational therapists monitor these movements and design a specific program for each user.
Skiing is one of the world’s favorite sports and as such there are a fair amount of injuries to skiers. An analysis of injury statistics compiled over 12 seasons, encompassing 2.55 million skier-days, at a ski resort in Wyoming was used for a ski accident survey. Ticket sales per year was the method of calculating the population surveyed. 9749 skiing injuries were indexed by region and severity according to diagnosis on the initial evaluation. The rates of injury were then analyzed as a function of time.
During the 12 seasons the injury rate remained constant at 3.7 injuries per 1000 skier-days.
During the study period the rate of lower extremity to upper extremity injury decreased from 4:1 to 2:1 .
The ankle injury rate also decreased with time.
7% of all injuries were Ulnar collateral ligament sprains.
30% of all injuries were knee sprains.
Anterior cruciate ligament tears increased as a function of time and accounted for 16% of all skiing injuries during the same study period.
The most common injury was the medial collateral ligament sprain at 18% of all skiing injuries.
In addition there were also forty-seven snowboard injuries recorded.
All of the above injuries can be treated by physical therapy products known as the TUTOR system once the patient has been stabilized and is ready for rehabilitation. The TUTORs provide intensive exercise for all upper and lower limb injuries or surgeries. They are also effective for patients who have Parkinson’s disease, stroke, CP, MS, head and spinal cord injuries and other debilitating medical issues.
The TUTOR system consists of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR. These products include motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises. Controlled exercise practice will help to prevent the development of compensatory movement patterns. The dedicated software allows the therapist to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s movement ability. In addition the therapist can objectively and quantitatively evaluate and report on the treatment progress. The rehabilitation system optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows the patient to better perform everyday functional tasks to improve their quality of life.
The TUTOR system is fully certified by the FDA and CE and is currently in use by leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics. The suystem is available for children from the age of 5 and up and in the home through telerehabilitation.