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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182888495
Research Article

Treadmill Training Following Orthopedic Surgery in Lower Limbs of Children With Cerebral Palsy

Grecco, Luanda André Collange MS; de Freitas, Tatiana Beline PT; Satie, Julia PT; Bagne, Eduardo PT; Oliveira, Claudia Santos PhD; de Souza, Daniel Rubio MD

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Abstract

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.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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