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Bracing and Hemiplegia

Posted Mar 16 2011 9:03pm
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research on the use of a wrist and thumb brace on bimanual activities in children with hemiplegia cerebral palsy. Twenty five children with spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy (with mild to moderate hand deformity) performed bimanual activities wearing a brace and not wearing a brace. Assessment results indicated that when the children were wearing the brace the ability to complete the bimanual activities improved significantly compared to when the children were not wearing the wrist and thumb brace.

Reference: LOUWERS, A., MEESTER-DELVER, A., FOLMER, K., NOLLET, F. and BEELEN, A. (2011), Immediate effect of a wrist and thumb brace on bimanual activities in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 53: 321–326. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2010.03849.x
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