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J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2016 Sep 7;16(3):183-92.

Early vibration assisted physiotherapy in toddlers with cerebral palsy - a randomized controlled pilot trial.

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University of Cologne, Children's Hospital, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

to investigate feasibility, safety and efficacy of home-based side-alternating whole body vibration (sWBV) to improve motor function in toddlers with cerebral palsy (CP).

METHODS:

Randomized controlled trial including 24 toddlers with CP (mean age 19 months (SD±3.1); 13 boys).

INTERVENTION:

14 weeks sWBV with ten 9-minute sessions weekly (non-individualized). Group A started with sWBV, followed by 14 weeks without; in group B this order was reversed. Feasibility (≥70% adherence) and adverse events were recorded; efficacy evaluated with the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM-66), Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI), at baseline (T0), 14 (T1) and 28 weeks (T2).

RESULTS:

Developmental change between T0 and T1 was similar in both groups; change scores in group A and B: GMFM-66 2.4 (SD±2.1) and 3.3 (SD±2.9) (p=0.412); PEDI mobility 8.4 (SD±6.6) and 3.5 (SD±9.2) (p=0.148), respectively. In two children muscle tone increased post-sWBV. 24 children received between 67 and 140 sWBV sessions, rate of completed sessions ranged from 48 to 100% and no dropouts were observed.

CONCLUSION:

A 14-week home-based sWBV intervention was feasible and safe in toddlers with CP, but was not associated with improvement in gross motor function.

PMID:
27609033
PMCID:
PMC5114341
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