Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 6; Issue 1 (February 2018)

Page No.: 2595-2599

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.260


Satheeskumar Durairaj 1, Dhaneshkumar K.U 2, Rajasenthil K *3, Ajay Thakur 4.

1 PhD Research Scholar, NITTE institute of Physiotherapy, NITTE University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

2 Professor, NITTE institute of Physiotherapy, NITTE University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

3 Professor, PPG College of Physiotherapy, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

4 Associate professor, NITTE institute of Physiotherapy, NITTE University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

Corresponding author: Prof. Rajasenthil K, Professor, PPG College of Physiotherapy, 9/1, Keeranatham road, Saravanampatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, Pincode 641065. E-Mail: rajasenthil1996@gmail.com


Background: The cryotherapy is one of the short terms benefit producing physiotherapeutic intervention on spasticity in neurological patients. Task oriented training (TOT) is used to facilitate functional control and overcome disability in hemiplegic cerebral palsy children (HCP).

Objectives of the study: to find out the effectiveness of cryotherapy with task oriented training in improving upper limb sensory function in HCP children.

Methods: This is a single group study design, included 30 diagnosed case of hemiplegic cerebral palsy children and undergone cryotherapy with task oriented training for 8 weeks. The outcome measures were modified Tardieu’s scale (MTS), tactile registration and quality of upper extremity skill test (QUEST). All the measures were taken before the intervention for pretest, and posttest at the end of 2nd month.

Results: reduction of shoulder adductor and elbow flexor spasticity in MTS, improvement in tactile registration function in Semmes-Weinstien monofilament and increment in grasp function in QUEST scale were statistically significant at p<0.05 level.

Conclusion: the cryotherapy combined with task oriented training effective to improve upper limb function in HCP children but it requires further study to explore the intervention efficacy.

Key words: Cold Pack, task, cerebral palsy, hand function.


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Cite this article: Satheeskumar Durairaj, Dhaneshkumar K.U, Rajasenthil K, Ajay Thakur. A STUDY TO FIND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CRYOTHERAPY WITH TASK ORIENTED TRAINING IN IMPROVING UPPER LIMB FUNCTION IN HEMIPLEGIC CEREBRAL PALSY. Int J Physiother Res 2018;6(1):2595-2599. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.260