Stretching in children with Cerebral palsy

How does stretching children with Cerebral palsy influence muscle tendon unit length?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a non-progressive disorder caused by a brain lesion during or soon after birth. This can lead to changes in the muscle, including muscle atrophy, fibrosis, shortening, overstretched sarcomeres and a lack of muscle growth.

Muscle shortening in children with CP is commonly treated with stretching exercises, casting, ankle-foot orthoses or botulinum toxin injections. This review discusses the current evidence of stretching treatments, provides a mechanistic explanation, and offers potential approaches of how muscle shortening can be tackled more successfully.


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