Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Aims: We investigated relationships among the Pediatric Neuromuscular Recovery Scale (Peds NRS), modified Hoffer Scale, and spatiotemporal gait parameters in children with myelomeningocele (MMC).
Methods: 21 children with MMC, age 5.3 years (SD = 2.6), were assessed by three clinicians using the Peds NRS and modified Hoffer Scale. In eight children, gait parameters were also measured.
Results: The Peds NRS summary score demonstrated good correlation with modified Hoffer Scale score (r = -0.64, p = 0.002) that accounted for 41% of variation in summary score. Six Peds NRS seated/standing items exhibited good relationships with modified Hoffer Scale (r = -0.51 to -0.70, p≤ 0.023), and the sit-to-stand item demonstrated an excellent relationship (r = -0.85, ps = 0.81 to 0.88, p≤ 0.014), and swing and stance time (both Rs = -0.83 to -0.90, p≤ 0.01). Two Peds NRS standing items and modified Hoffer Scale score demonstrated good correlations with velocity (Rs = 0.71, p= 0.047; Rs = -0.73, p= 0.04, respectively).
Conclusions: Our findings suggest that children with MMC who exhibit greater movement quality and trunk control are likely to be functional ambulators with more optimal spatiotemporal gait parameters.
Flores MB, Manella KJ, Ardolino EM. Relationship between movement quality, functional ambulation status, and spatiotemporal gait parameters in children with myelomeningocele [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 6]. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2020;1–13 https://doi.org/10.1080/01942638.2020.1736233