Research and innovation
Research is encouraged and considered an important aspect of the Physical Therapy Department. Staff members with a general or specific research interest benefit from Childrens' active research environment, including access to laboratories, clinics, and hundreds of dedicated professional colleagues.
Although financial resources are important, the personal time and commitment of participating staff are a necessity.
In past studies, staff members, in collaboration with other departments, have developed:
- the Manual Muscle Examination which continues in use today,
- a scoring method of gross motor skills for children with cerebral palsy,
- and outcome studies that have improved care to children with polio, Down Syndrome, cystic fibrosis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Many recent studies have addressed outcomes. These include:
- a retrospective parent-patient satisfaction study on using the Boston Soft Spinal Orthosis for multi-disabled children,
- a prospective study on six weeks of intensive physical therapy combined with cognitive-behavioral treatment for children with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome,
- and a long-term follow-up on hip function following pelvic-acetabula osteotomy.
Currently, members are involved in a:
- multi-centered study of children with Spinal Muscle Atrophy (SMA),
- natural history of joint limitation in children with Williams Syndrome,
- effect of the adaptive dance program for children with Down Syndrome,
- descriptive data on patients with hemiphelia,
- field test of a clinical instrument.