The The effectiveness of partial body weight support treadmill training on walking in people with cerebral palsy - a systematic review



cerebral palsy, physiotherapy, body weight support, gait training, walking


      Background: Individuals with Cerebral Palsy (CP) face daily motor, sensory, and cognitive challenges, greatly affecting their quality of life. This systematic review was conducted to investigate randomized controlled trials regarding the effectiveness of treadmill walking with partial body weight support ( PBWSTT) in individuals with CP.

      Methods: A search was performed in PubMed, Scopus and ResearchGate. Τhe study selection process was conducted by two separate reviewers. The quality of the final studies included in the systematic review was assessed using the PEDro scale.

       Results: Out of the total of 673 studies initially identified, 6 studies were finally included. The results showed that PBWSTT leads to an increase in scores on the GMFM scale, as well as improvements in walking pattern, speed, endurance, and rhythm. However, PBWSTT did not show better results compared to conventional physiotherapy, as the studies in this review presented conflicting outcomes.

       Conclusion: The effect of therapeutic exercise with partial body weight support has a positive impact on improving the gross motor function of patients with CP. However, the question of whether PBWSTT is more effective than conventional physiotherapy and overground walking exercise cannot be conclusively answered yet, highlighting the importance of conducting further research in this field.


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