Effects of Pediatric Aquatic Therapy in Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Recruitment status was Recruiting
Aquatic intervention had been applied in children with neuromotor impairment for years, yet there has been little progress toward objective identifications of therapy goals, interventions, and outcomes. Thus, we attempt to design aquatic intervention activity for children with cerebral palsy to evaluate the effect of hydrotherapy.
To evaluate the effects of pediatric aquatic therapy on motor performance, daily activity and social participation in children with spastic cerebral palsy.
The study was design as case -control study. 45 children with spastic cerebral palsy aged from 4 to 12 years old were included. They were paired by age, diagnosis, Gross Motor Functional Classification (GMFCS) level and Manual Ability Classification System (MACS). These children were dived into three groups: traditional rehabilitation therapy (control group), hospital based pediatric aquatic therapy, and community based- athletic trainer oriented pediatric aquatic therapy program. After 12 weeks training program, we evaluate the motor performance, daily activity and social participation again and compared the difference in improvement between each group. The clinical measurements include manual muscle power, modified Ashworth score, Bruininks- Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP), Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM -66), Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale (VABS) , and Cerebral Palsy Quality of Life Questionnaire for Children (CPQOL). BASIC BALANCE MASTER was used in this study for evaluated the balance function.
We suppose pediatric aquatic therapy in spastic cerebral palsy children could improve motor function and daily activity. Freedom in the water has both therapeutic and recreational effects. Children could improve self-esteem and we hypothesize this could improve emotional control and social participation.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effects of Pediatric Aquatic Therapy in Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy|
- Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale, Cerebral Palsy Quality of Life Questionnaire for Children [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2009|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Procedure: aquatic therapy
two hours per week, one hour per timeProcedure: aquatic therapy
hospital based pediatric aquatic therapy, twice per week, one hour each time
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|Chang Gung Memorial Hospital||Recruiting|
|Contact: Chia-Ling Chen, PHD +886-3-3281200 ext 3846 email@example.com|