Peter has cerebral palsy (GMFCS IV). A dislocated hip resulted in surgery on the left hip, with simultaneous lengthening of the hip flexors, Achilles tendons and adductors on both sides. After six weeks in plaster, Peter was able to start rehabilitation.
The Innowalk has been a central element of the rehabilitation. The aim of using the Innowalk was to get Peter into a safe standing position with weight bearing as soon as possible after the plaster was removed. This allowed him passive movement of the legs with corrected gait, and stimulated the muscles and joints. Peter had walked in the NF-Walker until the operation, and the aim was to enable him to resume using it.
Even before the operation, Peter was introduced to the Innowalk so that he would feel confident in using the aid. This enabled him to start using the Innowalk as soon as possible once the plaster was removed.
After just one week out of plaster, Peter was moving in the Innowalk for 40 minutes at a time. He was able to decide for himself the speed and traction on his hip and knee.
“I’ve known of children who have walked using the NF-Walker before a hip operation but unfortunately have lost their walking function after the surgery or have taken a long time to regain it. They have often experienced severe pain in connection with mobilisation and handling. We therefore wanted to find out whether Peter could get moving more quickly after the operation if training was supplemented by movement in the Innowalk”
– Peter’s therapist
Peter used the Innowalk at nursery – between 30 and 50 minutes every day. He enjoys moving in the Innowalk. It was often used in combination with other activities at the table, such as playing with an iPad.
“As a physiotherapist, I find that Peter is immediately more mobile and better tolerates movement and traction in the muscles and joints after he has been moving in Innowalk”
– Peter’s therapist
Peter's experiences with Innowalk
- Central part of his rehabilitation
- Secure position with weight bearing
- Stimulation of muscles and joints
- Increased mobility
- Better tolerates movement and extension of muscles and joints
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders CP is the commonest cause of physical disability in early childhood Overall, the CP rate is between 2 and 3 per 1000 live births CP involves a disorder of movement and posture and of motor function It is due to a non-progressive interference/lesion/abnormality. This interference/lesion/abnormality is in the developing/immature brain
- Children with cerebral palsy have increased risk of dislocating a hip
- Children with cerebral palsy, GMFCS level V, have a higher risk of dislocating a hip than those with GMFCS levels II to IV
- Withouth screening and interventions, 10-20% of children with cerebral palsy experience a dislocated hip