Children with cerebral palsy (CP) become adults with CP. CP is not a progressive condition, but because people with CP move differently than people who don’t have CP, many adults with CP experience orthopedic issues, pain, and decreased mobility during aging.
Most rehabilitation for people living with cerebral palsy is for kids, meaning that after children become too old for pediatric programs, they often stop receiving rehabilitative care. At Burke, we have begun a rehabilitation research program specifically for adults with CP. Rehabilitative engagement and physical activity is essential for people with CP across the lifespan.
The Burke Rehabilitation Center is conducting a study that aims to improve arm function in adults with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
Therapy consists of 20 minutes of non-invasive, low-level brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS), followed by one hour of shoulder/wrist robotic training. Participants will be enrolled in therapy 3 times a week for 12 weeks at our White Plains campus. Before and after therapy, participants will receive an assessment of their arm function, as well as an assessment of their brain activity, using electroenecephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnectic stimulation (TMS).
Our first study for adults with CP combines tDCS and upper limb robotic therapy. We plan to soon begin studying additional therapies for adults with CP. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our Adult CP Info List, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.