21st century treatment proves successful for adults living with cerebral palsy

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The simplest tasks in life, like putting on clothing or tying gym shoes, can be extremely difficult for an adult living with cerebral palsy (CP).

Researchers at the University of Michigan are finding ways to provide easier access to care using home-based programs that use the Internet to monitor changes in performance.

U-M School of Kinesiology professor Susan Brown Ph.D. and colleague Dr. Edward Hurvitz, the chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the U-M Medical School, have completed a study that looked at the effectiveness of a home and internet-based upper limb training program for adults with CP. Their research effort, "Upper Limb Training and Assessment Program," or ULTrA program, was designed to aid adults with cerebral palsy who have upper limb and hand impairments. Until now, no study has ever looked at changes in upper limb coordination and the potential impact on everyday tasks in adults with CP.

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