A prospective assessment of gait kinematics and related clinical examination measures in cerebral palsy crouch gait [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]
Background While prospectively assessed crouch gait in cerebral palsy (CP) does not necessarily progress, prospective changes in clinical examination measures have not been reported. This study prospectively examined the association between selected clinical examination variables and change in crouch gait in a cohort with bilateral CP.
Methods Inclusion criteria were a diagnosis of ambulant bilateral CP, knee flexion at mid-stance >190 and a minimum of two-years between gait analyses. The change in kinematic variables was assessed using Statistical Parameter Mapping (SPM) and changes in clinical measures using appropriate paired tests. Linear regression examined the association between progression of crouch and clinical examination variables.
Results There was no mean change in crouch in 27 participants over 3.29 years. However, there was significant variability within this group. Clinical hamstring tightness (60.000 to 70.480, p<0.01) and external knee rotation during stance (SPM analysis, p<0.001) increased but there was no association between changes in clinical examination variables and changes in crouch (p-values 0.06 - 0.89).
Conclusions The variability crouch gait progression highlights the pitfall of group mean values in such a heterogeneous population. The lack of association between changes in clinical examination variables and changes in crouch highlights the multi-factorial aetiolog
Health Research Board Ireland (HPF-2014-650)
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Published CitationO'Sullivan R, French H and Horgan F. A prospective assessment of gait kinematics and related clinical examination measures in cerebral palsy crouch gait [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review] HRB Open Research. 2022;5:81
Publication Date6 December 2022
- School of Physiotherapy
PublisherF1000 Research Ltd