Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Spasticity and Gross Motor Function

Spasticity levels were measured using the Modified Tardieu Scale in 50 children with cerebral palsy (GMFCS I-V)aged 18 months. The children followed for one year and gross motor function was assessed with the GMFM-66. The researchers concluded that spasticity has a small relationship with gross motor function but other factors also need to be considered.

Reference: Jan Willem Gorter , Olaf Verschuren , Laura Van Riel and Marjolijn Ketelaar (2009) The relationship between spasticity in young children (18 months of age) with cerebral palsy and their gross motor function development BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2009, 10:108doi:10.1186/1471-2474-10-108

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