Cash boost for cerebral palsy research
Children with bilateral cerebral palsy who suffer from hip dislocation may benefit from an exciting study being funded by Action Research - one of the UK’s leading medical charities.
Thanks to an award of £126,297 medical researchers will monitor a group of newly diagnosed infants at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services in Sussex to see how they may benefit from special seats, lying supports and standing supports which could help prevent hip dislocation in these children.
Bilateral cerebral palsy can cause paralysis and movement problems and is a condition which affects almost 2 in every 1000 children born each year. Approximately 35% of these children will suffer from dislocation of one or both hips.
Director General of Action Research, Anne Luther said: ``This can be painful and distressing for the child and furthermore, it may lead to spinal curvature and require surgery which is why Action Research wants to help. We hope that our researchers will be able to monitor and find new ways of helping children with this condition.’’
Director of Rehabilitation Engineering at Chailey Heritage Roy Nelham added: ``Previous awards from Action Research have enabled us to gain greater understanding of the effects of cerebral palsy on posture and to design special seats and supports which are now widely available. With this new award we will be able to measure and demonstrate just how much this equipment can prevent deformity and also how it may be improved further.’’
For further information, photographs and interview opportunities, please contact Victoria Heaton in the Action Research press office on 01403 327403 Fax: 01403 210541.
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