Although the cause of CP remains a mystery, researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) are at the forefront of those working to understand, treat — and ultimately cure — this life-long neurological disorder.
A new study led by Ming Wu, PhD and research scientist, and his team at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, is the first to provide direct evidence to indicate that improving weight shifting capacity of children with CP may improve their overall walking function.
Born at just 25 weeks gestation, Matar was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and hydrocephalus, a condition that leads to excess fluid on the brain. His parents were told he wouldn’t survive, a fate they couldn’t accept.
While CP can affect one’s mobility and independence, both children and adults with CP can live healthy and active lifestyles with the appropriate interventions and equipment. At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a heavy focus is placed on gait training and standing with this patient population during physical therapy.