Treadmill Training Following Orthopedic Surgery in Lower Limbs of Children With Cerebral Palsy

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Abstract

Purpose:

To determine the effect of treadmill training on gross motor function and functional mobility in children with cerebral palsy (CP) receiving physical therapy following orthopedic surgery for the lower limbs.

Methods:

Children with CP between 8 and 15 years of age participated and were divided into 2 groups: those having undergone soft tissue surgery and those having undergone both soft tissue and bone surgery. The program consisted of 12 weeks of treadmill training without partial weight support at a frequency of one 30-minute session per week.

Results:

Significant improvements were found on the Gross Motor Function Measure–88 after treadmill training; distance traveled on the 6 Meter Walk Test; and time tolerated on the treadmill.

Conclusions:

Treadmill training during physical therapy is beneficial for children with CP who undergo orthopedic surgery in the lower limbs.

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