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The effects of simultaneous activation of exteroception and proprioception on function of upper extremity in children with diplegic spastic cerebral palsy, 3-7 years old

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Author(s): Soghra Gharebaghi | Mohammad Reza Hadian | Mehdi Abdolvahab | Leila Dehghan | parvin Raji | Soghrat Faghih Zadeh

Journal: Modern Rehabilitation
ISSN 2008-2576

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3-4;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Exteroceptive | Proprioceptive | Simultaneous activation | Function of upper extremity | CP

ABSTRACT
Abstract   Background and Aim: The role of function of upper extremity in activity of daily living is critical and any impairment of function could cause major problems for diplegic spastic cerebral palsy (CP) patients. So, the application of rehabilitation protocols that could regain the hand function is very important. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of simultaneous activation of exteroception and proprioception on function of upper extremity in children with diplegic spastic CP, 3-7 years old.   Materials and Methods: Thirteen CP patients (3-7 years; mean: 4.92 years; 4 boys and 9 girls) were participated in this study. Simultaneous activation of exteroception and proprioception were done 3 times a week (for 8 weeks). Function of upper extremity was evaluated by Quest Test and the degree of spasticity in wrist was evaluated by Modified Ashworth Scale.   Results: The results of this study showed that after simultaneous activation of exteroception and proprioception, function of upper extremity was significantly improved (P

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