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Geometrical analysis of back in response to spiral ankle foot orthosis in hemiplegic children.

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Author(s): T. M. El-Saeed

Journal: Bioscience Research
ISSN 1811-9506

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 30;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Hemiplegic Children | Back Geometry | Spiral Ankle Foot Orthosis.

ABSTRACT
This study was conducted at the Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt in 2009 through 2010, to determine any possible effects of spiral ankle foot orthosis (AFO) on back geometry in spastic hemiplegic children. Thirty spastic hemiplegic children from both sexes ranged in age from six to eight years and ranged in degree of spasticity from grade 1 to grade 2 according to the Modified Ashworth Scale were participated in this study. Control group included fifteen children and received a designed rehabilitation program. Study group included fifteen children and received the same designed rehabilitation program of control group in addition to spiral ankle foot orthosis. The rehabilitation program was conducted 3 times/week basis for 3 successive months. This evaluation protocol was conducted for every child in both groups at his/her entry prior to the start of treatment, as well as after three months using Formetric instrumentation system to measure back geometry. The obtained results indicate that, back geometrical parameters showed no statistical differences following spiral ankle foot orthosis in addition to designed exercise program at three months (p>0.05). From the obtained results, it can be concluded that, this study gives support to no effect of spiral ankle foot orthosis (AFO) on back geometry in spastic hemiplegic children during study time.
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