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Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2014 Mar;18(2):134-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2013.09.007. Epub 2013 Oct 11.

Kinematic analysis of upper limb during walking in diplegic children with Cerebral Palsy.

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1
Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy; IRCCS "San Raffaele Pisana" - Tosinvest Sanità, Roma, Italy.
2
Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy. Electronic address: veronica.cimolin@polimi.it.
3
IRCCS "San Raffaele Pisana" - Tosinvest Sanità, Roma, Italy.
4
IRCCS "Eugenio Medea", Associazione La Nostra Famiglia, Bosisio Parini, LC, Italy.
5
Children's University Hospital Basel (UKBB), Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Movements of the lower limbs during walking have been widely investigated in literature, while quantification of arm movement during gait is scanty. The aim of the present study was to assess quantitatively the upper limb motion during gait in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Sixteen children with diplegic CP were evaluated using a full-body marker set, which allows assessing both the lower and upper limb kinematics. Our results demonstrated that movement of the arms was characterized by an abducted shoulder and a more flexed elbow position at the initial contact of the gait cycle with a quite physiological range of motion if compared to controls. These data showed that gait of children with diplegic CP is generally characterized by abnormal upper limb position which could be considered a strategy to keep balance and posture control during walking.

KEYWORDS:

Cerebral Palsy; Developmental disorders; Diplegia; Gait; Kinematics; Upper limb

PMID:
24157399
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejpn.2013.09.007
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