Mechanically assisted walking in children with CP

Should it be implemented as a treatment?

  • Mechanically assisted walking may improve functional outcomes and participation
  • Especially useful when it is hard to apply the same dose of overground walking training
  • Body weight support may hinder learning and should only be used for children with severe functional limitations

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability seen in childhood. Even though children with CP might be functional and independent, gait performance may worsen over time and some children might lose their walking ability during (young) adulthood. Mechanically assisted walking is a focused walking training which aims to improve walking ability. The current systematic review sought to determine the effect of mechanically assisted walking on functional outcomes, participation and quality of life.


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