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Study: Intensive Therapy Better for Kids with CP

18th October, 2021

[Source: Science Daily]

Children with cerebral palsy can gain greater use of an impaired arm and hand with larger doses of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) — without increasing stress for parents, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, UVA Children’s, The Ohio State University, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The findings could have far-reaching impacts on treatment of children’s movement disorders.

Scientific findings have supported the benefits of pediatric CIMT, in which a child’s more functional arm and hand are constrained by a lightweight cast, a splint, or a mitt, while a trained therapist uses operant conditioning techniques individualized for each child. But little was known about whether the outcome of therapy was directly linked to the dosage of therapy or method of constraint.

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