Natural Progression of Gait in Children With Cerebral Palsy


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Abstract

Summary:Twenty-eight children with cerebral palsy had two gait analyses an average of 4.4 years apart with no surgical intervention between the tests. The effects of growth and age were examined using three-dimensional kinematics, temporal and stride parameters, and clinical examination measures. Kinematic changes showed decreases in hip, knee, and ankle sagittal plane ranges of motion (ROM), peak hip flexion in swing, and peak knee flexion over time. Temporal and stride parameters showed declines in timing of toe off, cadence, and walking velocity. Clinical measures showed declines in hip abduction ROM (knees flexed and extended), popliteal angle, and sagittal plane ankle ROM (knees flexed and extended). Overall results showed that gait function in these individuals with cerebral palsy decreased longitudinally with respect to temporal/stride measures, passive ROM, and kinematic parameters compared with a group of individuals who had had orthopaedic intervention.

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