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The Effects of Over-Ground Robot-Assisted Gait Training for Children with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report

 Myungeun Yoo  ;  Jeong Hyeon Ahn  ;  Eun Sook Park 
 SENSORS, Vol.21(23) : 7875, 2021-11 
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Ataxia ; Cerebral Palsy* ; Child ; Exercise Therapy ; Gait ; Genetic Diseases, Inborn ; Humans ; Postural Balance ; Robotics* ; Time and Motion Studies ; Walking
ataxic ; cerebral palsy ; gait ; over-ground ; postural balance ; robotic training
Poor balance and ataxic gait are major impediments to independent living in ataxic cerebral palsy (CP). Robot assisted-gait training (RAGT) has been shown to improve the postural balance and gait function in children with CP. However, there is no report on the application of RAGT for children with ataxic CP. Here, we report two cases of children with ataxic CP who underwent over-ground RAGT along with conventional therapy for 4 weeks. Outcome measures including the gross motor function measure (GMFM), pediatric balance scale, pediatric reach scale, one-minute walk test, and Timed Up and Go test were assessed before and after the 4-week intervention. Both cases were well adapted to the RAGT system without any significant adverse event. Improvements in the GMFM after RAGT, compared with that in the GMFM, after intensive conventional therapy have been reported previously. It is noteworthy that over-ground RAGT improved areas of the GMFM that did not improve with conventional therapy. In addition, over-ground RAGT with conventional therapy led to improvements in functional balance and walking capacity. These findings suggest that over-ground RAGT is feasible and may be a potential option for enhancing balance and functional walking capacity in children with ataxic CP.
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Park, Eun Sook(박은숙) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9144-3063
Yoo, Myung Eun(유명은) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8616-0253
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