Most children with cerebral palsy have spasticity. This is a continuous contraction of a muscle. Treatments for it are complex and can involve dangerous drugs. But there’s one treatment under consideration that has no side effects, but more research is needed. Cerebral Palsy News Today has the story.
The treatment is called extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). It is similar to treatments used to break up kidney stones by using sound waves. A review was done on this treatment to see how well it helped children with CP. Five studies were found using the technique with 104 participants total.
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While there were differences in how the tool was used between the studies, researchers found that scores on the Modified Ashworth Scale, a measure of spasticity, decreased by 0.62 relative to controls. There were also significant improvements in range of motion one month after treatment and more foot contact area during walking.
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The researchers say that larger studies are needed to prove its effectiveness over time, but they also said that no serious side effects were observed in any patient after the therapy. Therefore, it may be an valid alternative for treating spasticity and range of motion when side effects are not wanted.
We hope that more research is done in this area so that children with CP can help control their symptoms better.