In a pilot study of children with cerebral palsy, constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) was found to promote changes in 2 spatial temporal parameters of gait, but no changes were noted in the participants' measures on the Standardized Walking Obstacle Course (SWOC) and Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS).
Sixteen children aged 4 to 12 years participated in a 3-week CIMT program. Participants were tested on the first and last day of the CIMT program using the SWOC, PBS, and the GAITRite Gold system (CIR Systems Inc Havertown, Pennsylvania).
Wilcoxon signed rank tests were used on all pretests and posttests. Only the spatial temporal parameters of cadence and velocity differed significantly, with 12 children displaying a faster cadence and 10 displaying a faster velocity.
APTA member Susan Winning, PT, coauthored this article.