Background/Purpose: This is a case study and evidence-based analysis that is aimed to determine if equine movement therapy along with traditional physical therapy and gait training is an effective treatment for children with cerebral palsy. Case Description: The patient selected for this case study is five year old male who has ataxic cerebral palsy and who is receiving physical therapy from Skyline. The physical therapy included but is not limited to balance training, lower extremity strengthening, gait training, and equine movement. A data base review of PubMed, CINAHL plus with full text, and PEDro was conducted using combination of the following key words: Ataxic cerebral palsy, Cerebral palsy, Equine therapy, Hippotherapy, Gait training. Outcomes/Discussion: A review of the current literature reveled that equine movement (hippotherapy and/or therapeutic horseback riding) has a beneficial effect for children with cerebral palsy. Equine therapy can help equalize muscle symmetry in the legs by decreasing the asymmetry in hip adductors. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve postural control, balance, pelvic kinematics, walking speed and stride length. It has also shown to have a positive effect on a childs gross motor function and functional activities shown by an increase in their GMFM score with a significant improvement in dimension E. Equine movement is an appropriate treatment for a five year with cerebral palsy. It may potentially improve his gait and balance.
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Equine movement, Hippotherapy, ataxic cerebral palsy, Gait
Shores, Claire. "Equine Movement for Cerebral Palsy: Impact on Gait, Balance, Function, and Quality of Life.." (2014). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/dpt/94
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