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OBJECTIVE This systematic review provides an overview of the effectiveness of basic techniques used in lower limb physical therapy of children with cerebral palsy. It aims to support the development of clinical guidelines for evidence-based physical therapy planning for these children. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION A literature search in 5 electronic(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate the interrelationship between gestational age (GA) and nosologic characteristics (type, distribution and severity) of cerebral palsy (CP) in a cohort of high-risk infants. One thousand ninety-nine consecutively neonatal intensive care unit-admitted high-risk infants (i.e., all infants with a GA less than 30 weeks and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the agreement between live and video scores of the Gross Motor Function Measure-88. DESIGN Reliability study. SUBJECTS Forty children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy. INTERVENTIONS Fifty evaluations were administered according to the test guidelines, and were videotaped. After a minimum interval of one month, the video(More)
AIM This prospective double blind intervention study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an individually defined physiotherapy program on the function and gait pattern of 16 children with diplegia (age 3-12 year, GMFCS I-II). METHOD A 6 weeks general training program was followed by a specific training program based on individual goals determined by the(More)
The primary aim of the study was to investigate how a clinical decision process based on the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) and the Hypothesis-Oriented Algorithm for Clinicians (HOAC-II) can contribute to a reliable identification of main problems in ambulant children with cerebral palsy (CP). As a secondary aim, to(More)
AIM This study aims to create a predictive model for the assessment of the individual risk of developing cerebral palsy in a large cohort of selected high-risk infants. PATIENTS AND METHODS 1099 NICU-admitted high-risk infants were assessed up to the corrected age of at least 12 months. CP was categorized relative to subtype, distribution and severity.(More)
OBJECTIVE This systematic review provides an overview of the effectiveness of conceptual approaches and additional therapies used in lower limb physical therapy of children with cerebral palsy and supports the development of clinical guidelines. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION A literature search in 5 electronic databases was performed, extracting(More)
The aim of the study is to evaluate the predictive value of various types of brain injury detected by ultrasound in the neonatal period for the occurrence of cerebral palsy and its characteristics in a large cohort of high-risk infants. Thousand twenty-one consecutively NICU-admitted high-risk infants were assessed up to the corrected age of at least 2(More)
UNLABELLED A single event-multilevel surgery (SEMLS) is today a well-established modality of treatment in children with cerebral palsy (CP). It comprises muscle lengthening/transfers and correction of bony deformities in a single surgical session. Functional improvements after SEMLS have been examined thoroughly, however little is known about the impact of(More)
OBJECTIVE A pilot study to compare the effectiveness of an individual therapy program with the effects of a general physical therapy program. DESIGN A randomized, single-blind cross-over design. PARTICIPANTS Ten ambulant children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy, age four to nine years. INTERVENTION Participants were randomly assigned into a(More)