Upper Extremity Activity in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology published research on 23 children (age range 8-18 years old) with cerebral palsy (21 hemiplegia and 2 spastic diplegia). The purpose of the study was to determine a relationship between muscle strength, tone and range of motion and functional hand skills. The results indicated that active supination range, strength and force were strongly related to limitations in hand activity. Further research was recommended to determine cause and effect in these limitations.

Reference: SIRI M BRÆNDVIK, ANN-KRISTIN G ELVRUM, BEATRIX VEREIJKEN, KARIN ROELEVELD. (2009) Relationship between neuromuscular body functions and upper extremity activity in children with cerebral palsy Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology Published Online: 7 Oct 2009 DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2009.03490.x

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