Lower Extremity Motion in Children With Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy Using Anterior Walkers

RESNA 28th Annual Conference - Atlanta, Georgia

Stephen S. Klos, MD, Kelly M. Baker, MS, Kathy Reiners, Lucy Lu, Jeffrey D. Ackman, MD, John Klein, PhD, Jeffrey P. Schwab, MD, Gerald F. Harris, PhD


 Eleven (11) children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy had kinematic studies performed using anterior and posterior walkers. The sagittal plane kinematic data using anterior walkers showed bilaterally at the: Pelvis – increased flexion and a double bump pattern; Hip – flexion shift and decreased range of motion; Knee – flexion shift, loss of the load response and decreased range of motion; Ankle – dorsiflexion shift and loss of the first rocker. These results are consistent with previous studies reporting walker kinetics in children with cerebral palsy.


Cerebral Palsy, kinematics, anterior walker, posterior walker, gait

Author Contact Information:

Stephen S. Klos, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 26099
Milwaukee, WI 53226