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The benefits of physical therapy (PT) on gross motor function and general strength in children with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy (CP) are well documented. There have been no firm conclusions that have determined the optimal duration and intensity of PT interventions for patients with spastic quadriplegia CP. CP occurs as a result of a brain injury associated with birth. Worldwide the prevalence of CP was 1.5 to 3.0 per 1,000 live births in 2009. Previous research demonstrated that PT intervention in children with CP improved gross motor function and strength, decreased the assistance required for mobility, and decreased step length differences. Current research supports a high frequency schedule of PT, however, the optimal intensity and duration of PT has not been determined. The purpose of this case report was to investigate an intensive course of PT for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 3 weeks in a pediatric patient with spastic quadriplegia CP.
Schmierer, Brandie and Buchanan, Kirsten, "A Three-Week Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy Plan Of Care For A Child With Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report" (2015). Case Report Posters. Poster 54.