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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.31 - 2012
ARTICLE – abstract

Effects of electrical stimulation in the management of the cerebral palsy upper limb spastic syndrome

Stănoiu Cosmina1, Zăvăleanu Mihaela2, Roşulescu Eugenia1,2, Vasilescu Mirela2, Dincă Diana1, Stănoiu Bogdan3, Caimac Dănuţ3
1Neuromotor Rehabilitation Centres, Craiova, Dolj, Romania
2Kinetotherapy and Sports Medicine Department, University of Craiova, Craiova, Romania
3University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Craiova, Romania


This study objective was to investigate the efficiency of the electrical stimulation (ES) applied to antagonists muscle in upper extremity in addition to standard rehabilitation in children with cerebral palsy, and if ES decrease the spasticity and/or increases muscle strength more effectively than standard rehabilitation. ES combined with kinetic therapy is more effective than kinetic therapy for spastic limbs of children with cerebral palsy. Evidence suggests that the ES treatment on extensor muscles of affected wrist and elbow improves the spasticity, possibly through decreased co-activation of the flexors.
Key words:

electrical stimulation, upper extremity, cerebral palsy

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Effects of electrical stimulation in the management of the cerebral palsy upper limb spastic syndrome

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