Efficacy of Short Term Physical Therapy on Fine Motor Activity in Cerebral Palsy Patients

Background: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a brain disorder, non-progressive in nature. It is caused by trauma to the brain; which may be due to infections, diseases or even direct impact on the head of an infant. In cerebral palsy, there can be physical or mental dysfunction leading to spasticity, dystonia or ataxia. One or more limbs may be affected. Besides, dominance of hand on the side that is less affected than the other which affects gross and fine hand movements is observed. Affected children cannot perform normal daily tasks. Aims and Objectives: The present study was conducted to study the effects of fine motor activity on levels of coordination and gross manual dexterity in children with cerebral palsy who are not undergoing any specific treatment for improved health care. Materials and methods: Children (n=10) with cerebral palsy were randomly selected for the study. Two-month intervention was given that focused primarily on fine motor activities. Assessment was done using questionnaire and tests to analyze activity. Results: The pre and post intervention values were significant for both coordination and gross manual dexterity. Children may be able to use the affected limbs in a better way with proper training and therapy. Conclusion: A significant improvement was observed in children with cerebral palsy with respect to fine motor activities.


Shubham Mittal, Sohini Paul and Aparna Sarkar

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