Standing Programs to Promote Hip Flexibility in Children with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy

Lourdes MacIas-Merlo, Caridad Bagur-Calafat, Montserrat Girabent-Farres, Wayne A. Stuberg

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To investigate the effects of a standing program on the range of motion (ROM) of hip abduction in children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. Methods: The participants were 13 children, Gross Motor Functional Classification System level III, who received physical therapy and a daily standing program using a custom-fabricated stander from 12 to 14 months of age to the age of 5 years. Hip abduction ROM was goniometrically assessed at baseline and at 5 years. Results: Baseline hip abduction was 42. at baseline and 43. at 5 years. Conclusions: This small difference was not clinically significant, but did demonstrate that it was possible to maintain hip abduction ROM in the spastic adductor muscles of children with cerebral palsy with a daily standing program during the children's first 5 years of development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-249
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 30 2015


  • Cerebral palsy
  • cerebral palsy/physiopathology
  • cerebral palsy/rehabilitation
  • child
  • female
  • hip joints
  • human
  • male
  • passive range of motion
  • patient positioning
  • static passive stretching
  • treatment outcome
  • weight-bearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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