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Child Neurol Open, 2018; 5: 1-9, PMID: 29977975

Vibration-Assisted Home Training Program for Children With Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Year: 2018

Stark C, Duran I, Cirak S, Hamacher S, Hoyer-Kuhn HK, Semler O, Schoenau E
Children"s and Adolescent"s Hospital, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.


The aim of this study was to determine the effect of a new method of vibration-assisted neuromuscular rehabilitation in patients with spinal muscular atrophy types II and III. In this retrospective observational study, 38 children (mean age: 4.64 +/- 1.95 years) were analyzed. The physiotherapy program, Auf die Beine, combines 6 months of home-based side-alternating whole-body vibration with interval blocks of intensive, goal-directed rehabilitation: 13 days at the start and 6 days after 3 months. Assessments were applied at the beginning (M0), after 6 months of home-based training (M6), and after 6 months of follow-up (M12). Motor abilities were assessed by the Gross Motor Function Measure 66 and Hammersmith Functional Mobility Scale. The Gross Motor Function Measure showed an increase of 1.69 (3.73) points (P = .124) and the Hammersmith Functional Mobility Scale a significant increase of 2.73 +/- 1.79 points (P = .007) after 12 months; however, whether this leads to a long-term clinical benefit requires further investigation.

Keywords: children, developmental disability, efficacy, pediatric, rehabiliation
GID: 4719; Last update: 09.07.2018