Rehabilitation treatment of spastic cerebral palsy with radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy and rehabilitation therapy

Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Dec;97(51):e13828. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000013828.


This aims to investigate the effect of combined use of radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy (rESWT) and conventional rehabilitation therapy on postoperative rehabilitation of children with spastic cerebral palsy.Children with spastic cerebral palsy 6 weeks after multistage surgery were randomly divided into treatment group (received rESWT and conventional rehabilitation therapy) and control group (received conventional rehabilitation only). Before treatment, 2 weeks and 1 month after treatment, the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM), modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) of the hamstrings and triceps, plantar area and plantar pressure were examined for efficacy assessment.A total of 82 children with spastic cerebral palsy were recruited, including 43 children in treatment group and 39 children in control group. There was no significant difference in the age, MAS score, and GMFM score between the 2 groups before treatment. There were statistically significant differences between the 2 groups at 2 weeks and 4 weeks after treatment, including the MAS score, GMFM score, plantar area and plantar pressure (P < .05). Within groups, there were also significant differences at different times (P < .05).The rESWT combined with rehabilitation can quickly and effectively relieve paralysis of lower extremities, reduce the tension of hamstrings and calf muscles, relieve muscle spasm, and rapidly improve limb function in children with spastic cerebral palsy.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Palsy / rehabilitation*
  • Child
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Muscle Spasticity / physiopathology
  • Muscle Spasticity / therapy*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome