A Novel Mobility Device to Improve Walking for a Child With Cerebral Palsy

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Abstract

Purpose:

To describe the use and outcomes associated with the Upsee in conjunction with Kinesiotape for a child with cerebral palsy.

Descriptions:

The Upsee and Kinesiotaping were implemented for 24 weeks with a 31-month-old child with cerebral palsy, Gross Motor Function Classification System level III.

Outcomes:

She progressed from walking with maximal assistance and extensive gait deviations to walking with supervision with a walker on level surfaces with improved gait. Genu recurvatum, heel strike, scissoring, hip extension, foot placement, step length, and stiff knee in swing improved on the basis of videotaped analyses. The Gross Motor Function Measure-66 improved by 11.4.

Conclusions and What This Case Adds:

The Upsee is a clinically feasible approach for gait impairments in children through providing increased opportunities for walking while supporting biomechanical alignment. Upsee effectiveness with and without taping is an area for future study.

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