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The Effects of Early Constraint Induced Movement Therapy on the Functional Abilities of Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review Makuch, Nina; Markewich, Meghan; Otukol, Patricia; Prodaniuk, Stacey; Erickson, Natashia


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of physical therapy (PT) based interventions on the functional abilities of children with CP when implemented early (0-96 months). From the search, thirteen papers were retrieved and analyzed after the inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied. The primary intervention used in all of the papers was a variation of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) despite the broad search strategy used. Studies were assessed for their effects on quality and quantity of hand function and activities of daily living (ADLs)/function. Eight studies found significant results regarding the quality of hand use, six studies reported significant results of quantity of hand use, and two studies reported significance in regards to ADLs/function. In conclusion, children with CP can benefit from CIMT as part of their rehabilitation. MPT Systematic Reviews and Research Projects.

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