Use of Surface Electromyography Biofeedback to Improve Reaching in Children With Cerebral Palsy
A newly-developed device for biofeedback of surface EMG will be used to either increase or decrease activity in the muscles of children with poor reaching due to cerebral palsy.
Device: surface EMG biofeedback
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Study Start Date:||May 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Children ages newborn to 21 with a diagnosis of arm weakness, hypertonia, or hyperkinesia due to cerebral palsy will be recruited. A muscle that is either over-active or under-active will be selected for each child. The child will be provided with the device to wear for 1 month in order to call attention to the identified muscle. At the beginning and end of the month, reaching will be assessed using three-dimensional kinematic motion capture. The outcome measure will be the speed and curvature of reaching to a target in front of the child.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00473161
|United States, California|
|Stanford, California, United States, 94305|
|Principal Investigator:||Terence D Sanger, MD PhD||Stanford University|