Journal article

Correction of severe crouch gait in patients with spastic diplegia with use of multilevel orthopaedic surgery

JM Rodda, HK Graham, GR Nattrass, MP Galea, R Baker, R Wolfe

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Severe crouch gait in patients with spastic diplegia causes excessive loading of the patellofemoral joint and may result in anterior knee pain, gait deterioration, and progressive loss of function. Multilevel orthopaedic surgery has been used to correct severe crouch gait, but no cohort studies or long-term results have been reported, to our knowledge. METHODS: In order to be eligible for the present retrospective cohort study, a patient had to have a severe crouch gait, as defined by sagittal plane kinematic data, that had been treated with multilevel orthopaedic surgery as well as a complete clinical, radiographic, and instrumented gait analysis assessment. The surgical interve..

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