Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 27: Lower Limb Function (ebook)


Chapter 27 of the book – Lower Limb Function

Pam Thomason, Jill Rodda, Kate Willoughby, and H Kerr Graham

The focus of this section will be the effects of the brain lesion on the motor function of the lower limbs, pelvis, and spine. The authors work together in a gait laboratory and hip surveillance clinic with a commitment to provide clinical services and to improve the evidence base by clinical research. The framework for this section will be based on the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning (ICF) and the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS).

About the complete book

This landmark title considers all aspects of cerebral palsy from the causes to clinical problems and their implications for individuals. An international team of experts provides clinicians and researchers with key information on the mechanisms underlying impairments in movement, development, cognition, communication, vision, feeding, behaviour, sexuality, and musculoskeletal deformities.  They present a wide range of person-centred assessment approaches, including clinical evaluation, measurement scales, neuroimaging and gait analysis. The principles of multi-disciplinary management are presented, in terms of therapist intervention, medication and surgery. The perspective of the book spans the lifelong course of cerebral palsy, taking into account worldwide differences in socio-economic and cultural factors. Many chapters are illustrated with clinical vignettes enabling direct translation into practice. Full integrated colour, with extensive cross-referencing make this a highly attractive and useful reference.

Readership: Paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, rehabilitation doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, child psychiatrists, physiotherapists speech and language therapists psychologists, occupational therapists and other health and educational professionals.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series.