Cincinnati Children’s Physical Therapist Studying Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy
Amy Bailes, a research physical therapist at Cincinnati Children’s, is part of a national study on children who have hemiplegic cerebral palsy. She’s using a functional electrical stimulation device on a 10-year-old boy named William who is affected by the disease.
Hemiplegic cerebral palsy occurs when a child has a stroke in the womb, and the stroke leaves one side of the child’s body weaker and less coordinated than the other. The device Bailes has asked William to use stimulates the nerves that make limbs move in order to create movement. Bailes hopes the device can help make the leg stronger and improve balance so that, eventually, the device – and the brace – can be eliminated.
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