The Immediate Effects of TherasuitÃÂ® on the Gait Pattern of a Child with Unilateral Spastic Cerebral PalsyMartins E1,2, Cordovil R1, Oliveira R1*, Pinho J2, and Vaz JR1,3,4
- *Corresponding Author:
- Rita Cordovil
Faculdade de Motricidade Humana
Universidade de Lisboa, Estrada da Costa
1495-688 Cruz Quebrada, Portugal
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: March 27, 2017; Accepted Date: April 10, 2017; Published Date: April 17, 2017
Citation: Martins E, Cordovil R, Oliveira R, Pinho J, Vaz JR (2017) The Immediate Effects of Therasuit® on the Gait Pattern of a Child with Unilateral Spastic Cerebral Palsy. J Pediatr Neurol Disord 3: 111. doi:10.4172/2572-5203.1000111
Copyright: © 2017 Martins E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Aims: This study analyzes the immediate effects of using TheraSuit® (TS) on the gait of a child with left spastic hemiplegia level II (GMFCS). Methods: Spatiotemporal gait parameters and kinematic variables in the sagittal plane were compared between baseline and TS conditions. Results: Positive effects were noted on temporal parameters in the TS condition, such as a reduced gait cadence. The analysis of angular displacements in joint angles showed that at initial contact there was a reduction in the: (i) Plantarflexion on the paretic side; (ii) Dorsiflexion on the non-paretic side; and (iii) Knee flexion angles in both limbs. Furthermore, an increase in hip and knee extension angles during stance, and a decrease in knee and hip flexion on the non-paretic limb during swing were also detected. Conclusions: Further investigations with larger samples are necessary to confirm these effects of wearing TS on gait kinematics, aiming toward providing a more functional and safer gait pattern in children with spastic hemiplegia.