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Effect of trunk belt on function in children with diplegia

Abstract

Background and purpose

Trunk control can offer many solutions for posture and movement. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of using modified trunk belt on sitting and standing in diplegic children.

Patients and methods

Thirty diplegic cerebral palsy children from both sexes participated. Their ages ranged from 3 to 6 years. They were divided randomly into two groups: control and study. The control group received a designed physical therapy program, and the study group received a designed physical therapy program in addition to proprioceptive training using a modified trunk belt. The sitting and standing domains were evaluated using the Gross Motor Function Measure for both groups before and after 3 successive months of treatment.

Results

The Wilcoxon test revealed that the gross motor function of children from both groups improved significantly after 3 months of treatment in both the sitting and standing domains. The Mann–Whitney test revealed that children in the study group showed a significantly greater improvement in both domains compared with the control group.

Conclusion

Proprioceptive training using trunk belt with physical therapy program could be used as an effective method for improving gross motor function of both sitting and standing in children with diplegia.

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Wahsh, H.A., Shoukry, K.E. & Mohamed, N.E. Effect of trunk belt on function in children with diplegia. Bull Fac Phys Ther 21, 68–73 (2016). https://doi.org/10.4103/1110-6611.196777

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Keywords

  • cerebral palsy diplegia
  • gross motor function
  • proprioceptive training
  • trunk control