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New Study Assesses Motor Control of People with Cerebral Palsy

New Study Assesses Motor Control of People with Cerebral Palsy

A groundbreaking April 2016 study, developed by researchers at the University of Washington and published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, offers a new quantitative assessment of motor control in children with cerebral palsy. The Dynamic Motor Control Index During Walking, or Walk-DMC, monitors muscle activity to help predict whether aggressive treatments—such as surgeries to relocate muscles and rotate bones—are likely to help people with cerebral palsy. In the study, motor control was assessed in a group of 473 children with cerebral palsy that underwent different types of treatments. Children with higher Walk-DMC scores before surgery had better treatment outcomes.

Mechanical engineering professor at UW Dr. Kat Steele, PhD said, “Two individuals can walk similarly, but have different motor control strategies. These results suggest that motor control is uniquely and independently associated with outcomes and can help us decide when you might recommend surgery and when you might be more conservative in treatment.”

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