Cerebral palsy – new ways to get joints moving | Children's Charity

Cerebral palsy – new ways to get joints moving

This research was completed on 30 November 2006

Project LeaderMr J H Patrick FRCS, Dr A P Roberts, Dr C Stewart, Mrs S E Farmer, Mr W Bromwich and Professor P W Jones.
LocationORLAU, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry and the Department of Mathematics, Keele University, Staffordshire.
Grant awarded7 November 2002
Start date1 April 2003
End date30 November 2006
Grant amount£82,870.00
Grant codeAP0936

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Many people suffer from restricted movement in their joints (contractures), being unable to bend or straighten them fully. Contractures can develop after strokes, accidents, burns and periods of immobility, or they may result from conditions such as arthritis, muscular dystrophies or cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy alone affects one baby in every 400. However they arise, contractures may severely affect everyday activities. This study looks at a new way of increasing the movement in a joint using the combined effects of heat and stretching with a specially designed splint. This will be used initially to help people with cerebral palsy but may be transferable to those suffering contractures from other conditions. If successful it will give all patients a faster, more effective treatment that they can apply at home.

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