Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Serial Casting and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Pediatric Physical Therapy published a medical records review following serial casting in 9 boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and ankle contractures. The results indicated improvements in range of motion (12 degrees on the right, 11.6 degrees on left with knee extended and 7.8 degrees on right and 8.7 degrees on the left with knee flexed). In addition, the boys were assessed on a timed 10 meter run, ability to climb four stairs and transfers from floor to standing. These scores were unchanged following the serial casting. The researchers concluded that serial casting increases range of motion in the ankle with no loss of function or speed in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Reference: Glanzman, Allan M. et al. Serial Casting for the Management of Ankle Contracture in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Pediatric Physical Therapy:
Fall 2011 - Volume 23 - Issue 3 - p 275–279 doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e318227c4e3

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