Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of an orthotic undergarment on gait, balance, and life skills of children who have diplegic cerebral palsy (CP).
Methods: Five subjects (ages 7–13 years) with CP at Gross Motor Function Classification Scale level I wore a TheraTog™ undergarment for 12 weeks. Data collection included Vicon® Motion Analysis, Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure at baseline; in and out of the garment after 12 weeks of wear; 2 months and 4 months after garment wear.
Results: Kinematic data indicated increased peak hip extension and correction of anterior pelvic tilt in stance during wear time. Composite gross motor scores on the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure scores improved significantly at the end of wear time.
Conclusion: When worn for a 12-week time frame, an individualized orthotic garment can improve gait and functional skills in some children with CP.
The authors report that TheraTog&#x2122; undergarment, when worn for a period of 12 weeks, can improve gait and function in some children with CP.
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago, Illinois
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