Journal article

Constraint-induced movement therapy in the treatment of the upper limb in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

BJ Hoare, J Wasiak, C Imms, L Carey

The Cochrane database of systematic reviews | Published : 2007


BackgroundChildren with hemiplegic cerebral palsy learn strategies to manage daily tasks (for example play) using one hand and often the affected limb is disregarded or not used. Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is emerging as a treatment approach for use with children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. It aims to increase spontaneous use of the affected upper limb and thereby limit the effects of developmental disregard. CIMT is based on two fundamental principles: constraint of the non-affected limb and massed practice of therapeutic tasks with the affected limb.ObjectivesThe objective of this review was to evaluate the effectiveness of CIMT, modified CIMT or Forced Use in the treat..

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