Long time follow-up of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy in adolescents with unilateral cerebral palsy
1) Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Introduction: Adolescents with unilateral cerebral palsy are known to have improved hand function immediately after an intensive period of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT), but the long-time effect of CIMT on development of hand function is not well known.
Aim: To follow-up and describe the development of hand function in adolescents with unilateral cerebral palsy, who had only one episode of CIMT within a six year period.
Methods: Eleven participants received CIMT during the first year and were assessed for four different aspects of hand function on five different occasions.
Result: The assessment measuring
the use and dexterity were stable and the grip strength had increased, while
there was a trend towards decreasing quality of movements.
Conclusion: The adolescents have continued to use their assisting hand, shown by stable hand use and increased grip strength even though the quality of movements seem to have decreased.
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