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The Egyptian Journal of Medical Human Genetics, 2012; 13: 219–226

Effect of vibration versus suspension therapy on balance
in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy

Year: 2012

Khaled A. Olama , Nahed S. Thabit
Department of Physical Therapy for Disturbance of Growth and Development in Children and its Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt


Most cerebral palsy children have deficits in balance, co-ordination, and gait throughout
childhood and adulthood. So, it is essential to seek an ideal physical therapy program to help in
solving such widespread problem. The present study was conducted to compare between the effect
of vibration training and suspension therapy on balance in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy.
Patients and methods: Thirty children born with hemiparetic cerebral palsy from both sexes ranging
in age from eight to ten years old were assigned into two groups of equal number. Study group I
received vibration training in addition to a designed physical therapy program and study group II
received suspension therapy in addition to the same physical therapy program given to the study
group I. Stability indices were evaluated via using Biodex instrument system before and after six
months of treatment.
Results: The results revealed no significant difference when comparing the pre-treatment mean values
of the two groups (study I and study II), while significant improvement was observed in all the
measuring variables of the two groups when comparing their pre and post treatment mean values.
Significant difference was also observed when comparing the post treatment results of the two groups in favor of the study group II.

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