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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 127-130

Journey of a child with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy from doldrums to hope


Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India

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Divya Midha
Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2395-4264.173459

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This case study describes the physical therapy of a 9-year-old male child with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy with the aim to improve his gross motor function and social skills. The child had severe impairments across the full spectrum of developmental functions, especially affecting the gross motor and self-care functions at Stage V of gross motor function classification system (GMFCS) in spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. His body was completely stiff with marked asymmetrical spasticity in lower limbs, truncal dystonia, and chest deformity with cardio respiratory complications. The physical therapy was performed by giving sessions of Roods approach, sensory integration, and static weight-bearing exercise for a period of 9 months. Pre- and post-therapy evaluation of child was done using GMFCS. There was an improvement in the child with his social skills, transitional activities, activities of daily living, and gross motor skills, reaching to Stage IV with the 9 months physiotherapy intervention given by a neurological physical therapist.


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