March 16, 2015
For some children with cerebral palsy, constraint therapy is an extremely effective way to regain movement in a spastic limb. For some children, however, the therapy which involves physically restraining their dominant limb, can be a particularly frustrating experience with little or no clinical outcome.
Researchers at Western University have now shown that Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) may be an effective tool to predict which patients will benefit from the therapy and which are likely not to. The study was published in the Journal of Child Neurology.