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IJTRR. 2017; 6(1): 46-52

Effect of treadmill training with partial body weight support on spine geometry and gross motor function in children with diplegic cerebral palsy

Walaa Abd El-hakiem, Marwa Agha.

Back ground: Cerebral palsy children suffer from neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems such as spasticity, muscle contractures, bony deformities, incoordination and muscle weakness that interfere with motor function. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of treadmill training with partial body weight support on spine geometry and gross motor function in spastic diplegic cerebral palsy children. Methods: 31 children with spastic diplegia (5-7 years) were recruited and randomly allocated to control group (15) and study group (16). Of these, 30 children completed training and testing. Both groups received a specially designed therapeutic exercise program. The study group additionally received treadmill training with partial body weight support (30% relief of total body weight). Treatment was provided 3d/w for 3 successive months. Assessment was performed before and after intervention. Trunk imbalance, pelvic tilt scores using formatric instrumentation system were recorded. Gross motor function (standing and walking) scores using gross motor function measurement scale were recorded. Results: children in both groups showed a significant improvements in the mean values of all measured variables post-treatment (p

Key words: Cerebral Palsy, Biodex Unweighing System, spine, GMFM.

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