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A Team-Based Approach to Spasticity and Orthopedic Management of Ambulatory Children with Cerebral Palsy

06/06/14
Dora Gosselin, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT
1 Continuing Education Credit(s) Available
This article has multiple purposes and three sections. First, a case will be made for the importance of interdisciplinary healthcare. A successful interdisciplinary approach to spasticity and orthopedic management in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP) will be described. Next, the focus will turn to the mechanics of an instrumented gait analysis (IGA). In the final section, two case studies will be used to demonstrate how this process is used to determine a patient's plan of care and assess patient outcomes.

Educational Level: Intermediate


Outcomes/Objectives

At the conclusion of educational activity therapists will:

1. Have awareness about the roles and mechanics of an interdisciplinary spasticity management team.

2. Be familiar with the components of a comprehensive gait analysis.

3. Understand the differences between kinetic and kinematic gait data.

4. Understand how the various components of a comprehensive gait analysis contribute to the holistic assessment of function and participation.

5. Analyze the provided case study to interpret the surgical decision making, pre and post surgical analyses and orthotic management.


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