The progression of crouch gait in diplegic cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological condition caused by a lesion to the brain at or near the time of birth. This leads to muscle tightness or weakness as well as general co-ordination difficulties. This commonly results in difficulties with walking and mobility. A common pattern of walking in CP is crouch gait or excessive flexion of the knees. This walking pattern puts the anterior knees under a lot of strain and in time can lead to significant joint pain and contracture or even put an end to independent walking. Because CP is a very complex condition, the exact cause of this gait pattern is still not fully known making treatment challenging. Three-dimensional computerised gait analysis (3DGA) is now the gold-standard for assessing such walking difficulties and deciding on appropriate treatment. The gait analysis laboratory in the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) is the national referral centre for patients with walking difficulties and has used this technology for a number of years.

Award Date
16 May 2014
Award Value
€191,875
Principal Investigator
Mr Rory O'Sullivan
Host Institution
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Scheme
Research Training Fellowships for Healthcare Professionals