Physical Therapy of Cerebral Palsy / Edition 1

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This book is a derivative of Dr. Miller's well-regarded Cerebral Palsy and focuses on rehabilitation techniques. The book discusses the theory and techniques used by physical and occupational therapists, and also provides suggestions for implementing an Individual Education Plan. Tables and algorithms are included to help in the decision-making process for determining what treatment would be most beneficial. Chapters in section one deal with fundamental aspects of cerebral palsy management, from understanding motor impairment, to evaluating equipment use, to navigating the relationship with the families of patients. In section two, physical therapists cover specific rehabilitation techniques, including neurodevelopment therapy, hippotherapy, and assistive devices. On the accompanying CD there are more than 100 case studies, as well as videos of children with gait disorders.

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"This book was written by an orthopedic surgeon and the contents is broad, covering the etiology and overall medical management of cerebral palsy, with the longest chapter devoted to gait. … In addition, there are quizzes to test the reader’s knowledge. This is a wonderful teaching tool. … This is valuable for all clinicians … . this book will be useful for physicians who are new to the area of cerebral palsy … ." (Eileen Fowler, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 298 (20), 2007)

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Reviewer: Karin Baker, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book outlines a multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with cerebral palsy, addressing medical management and various modalities of treatment from infancy into adulthood.
Purpose: The goals of evaluating current practice and available research as well as examining the impact of treatment on the child and the family, as well as on the child's ultimate role in society are worthy of exploration. These themes are addressed in a discussion of patient interaction and consideration of treatment options throughout the book.
Audience: The book is intended for less experienced therapists working with the cerebral palsy patient population. The chapters addressing etiology of cerebral palsy and neuromuscular control serve as a basic review for most practitioners. The detailed discussion of the numerous therapy, medication, and surgical options make the book a useful resource for all members of the treatment team.
Features: Several chapters are devoted to discussion of the etiology of cerebral palsy, therapy modalities, durable medical equipment and gait. Shorter discussions of various treatment modalities and available research are covered in the second half of the book. Numerous illustrations and case studies in each chapter greatly enhance the book. The CD that comes with the book contains many videos of the patients described in the case studies as well as links to cited literature, quiz questions, and algorithms.
Assessment: This is a useful resource for young practitioners of all disciplines involved in the care of children with cerebral palsy. Especially helpful are the numerous illustrations and videos on the CD that allow better visualization and understanding of the material. Discussion of issues of long term management and available evidence provides helpful perspectives to those with less time in practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387383033
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 3/21/2007
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Freeman Miller is Co-Director of the Cerebral Palsy Program and Medical Director of the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the Alfred I. duPont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. He specializes in treating children with cerebral palsy and gait disorders and is well renowned and highly respected in his field. Dr. Miller is a member of eight professional societies, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Table of Contents

Cerebral Palsy Management.- The Child, the Parent, and the Goal.- Etiology, Epidemiology, Pathology, and Diagnosis.- Neurologic Control of the Musculoskeletal System.- Therapy, Education, and Other Treatment Modalities.- Durable Medical Equipment.- Gait.- Rehabilitation Techniques.- Neurodevelopmental Therapy.- Strengthening Exercises.- Balance Interventions.- Electrical Stimulation Techniques.- Hippotherapy.- Aquatic Therapy.- Assistive Devices.- Seating Systems.- M.O.V.E.™ (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) Curriculum.- Occupational Therapy Extremity Evaluation.- Intrathecal Baclofen Pumps.
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