Current Pediatric Research

Research Article - Current Pediatric Research (2019) Volume 23, Issue 1

Comparison of spatio-temporal gait parameters depending on using TheraTogs in children with spastic cerebral palsy

Background: Suit therapy is widely used to improve functions in children with cerebral palsy. Although the efficacy of suit therapy has been verified in previous studies, studies on the effects of TheraTogs are still inefficient. The purpose of this study was to compare the spatiotemporal gait parameters of children with spastic cerebral palsy wearing the TheraTogs suit.

Methods: A total of 10 children with spastic cerebral palsy participated, and the GAITRite was used to analyze and compare the spatio-temporal gait parameters (gait velocity, cadence, step length, stride length, single support time, and double support time) of children with cerebral palsy while wearing and not wearing the TheraTogs.

Results: There was a significant difference in the gait velocity, cadence, step length, stride length, single support time, and double support time between conditions with- and without the TheraTogs (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The results of this study show that the use of TheraTogs in children with cerebral palsy may have positive effect to improve the gait ability.

Author(s): JungHee Jung, JiSim Jeong, DongGeon Lee, SoungKyun Hong, Kyeongbong Lee, GyuChang Lee*

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