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Proximal Hamstring Release for Knee Flexion and Crouched Posture in Cerebral Palsy

DRUMMOND, DENIS S.; ROGALA, EUGENE; TEMPLETON, JOHN; CRUESS, RICHARD

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Total release of the hamstrings from their origin was performed in thirty children. In the twenty-five who were available for review (fifty knees), the spastic knee-flexion deformity was corrected adequately; in most instances the crouch posture was corrected, gait was improved, and a longer stride was possible. However, increased lumbar lordosis developed in four and genu recurvatum, in seven. Total proximal release is, therefore, no longer recommended.

From Montreal Shriners Hospital, Montreal

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