Neurodevelopmental Therapy and Upper-Extremity Inhibitive Casting for Children with Cerebral Palsy
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The purpose of this research was to study the effect of intensive neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT) and upper-extremity inhibitive casting, separately or in combination, on hand function, quality of upper-extremity movement and range of motion of 73 children with spastic cerebral palsy aged 18 months to eight years. There was no significant difference between intensive or regular therapy and casting or no casting for hand function, between intensive and regular NDT, or between intensive NDT plus casting and the other groups for quality of movement and range of motion. Casting led to increased quality of movement and wrist extension after six months. Casting with NDT improved the quality of upper-extremity movement and range of motion. There appear to be no immediate benefits from intensive therapy alone.
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