Purpose: To determine the effect of treadmill training on gross motor function and functional mobility in children with cerebral palsy (CP) receiving physical therapy following orthopedic surgery for the lower limbs.
Methods: Children with CP between 8 and 15 years of age participated and were divided into 2 groups: those having undergone soft tissue surgery and those having undergone both soft tissue and bone surgery. The program consisted of 12 weeks of treadmill training without partial weight support at a frequency of one 30-minute session per week.
Results: Significant improvements were found on the Gross Motor Function Measure–88 after treadmill training; distance traveled on the 6 Meter Walk Test; and time tolerated on the treadmill.
Conclusions: Treadmill training during physical therapy is beneficial for children with CP who undergo orthopedic surgery in the lower limbs.