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Monday, September 29, 2014

The CP Help Center is reporting on new data released this month showing certain constrain therapies may help arm function in children suffering from cerebral palsy.

As doctors continue to search for a cure to the brain damage that causes cerebral palsy, the number one source of disability in children, any advances in therapy that will aid in mobility are celebrated.

The study appeared in this month’s Clinical Rehabilitation, and was endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

In it, researchers examined 27 different clinical trials of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) on nearly 900 children with cerebral palsy between 2004 and 2014. These included children between the ages of 2 and 11 years old.

Most therapy trials lasted two to three weeks and utilized gloves, casts, mittens or slings.

The data showed moderate improvements in arm function and activity level for those children participating in CIMTs immediately afterward, which was similar to the benefits realized in adaults that had suffered strokes.

Also, those who had undergone CIMT had a higher level of participation during follow up visits.

Surprisingly, the study also noted that the constraint therapies showed greater improvements in those that participated in them in their own home, rather than in an office or camp. This was attributed to the lower stress of the child’s home environment, as well as the ability to customize the therapy into a family’s everyday practices.

CIMT did not show as good of results when follow up visits were delayed.

The CP Help Center offers comprehensive information for those parents with a child suffering from cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, reports show that many of the 10,000 new cases each year are caused by preventable medical mistakes before, during or after birth.

In many cases, families are entitled to valuable compensation to help with their child’s care. For more information on a cerebral palsy lawsuit, or to speak with a lawyer, call or email us today.