Title

Applying Motor-Control Theory to Physical Therapy Practice: A Case Report

ISBN or ISSN

0300-0508

Volume

63

Issue

3

Publication Date / Copyright Date

8-2011

First Page

345

Last Page

354

Publisher

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

DOI Number

10.3138/ptc.2010-06

Abstract

Purpose: This case report describes the application of an integrated, systems-based theory of motor control to physical therapy practice.

Client Description: The patient was a 5-year-old boy with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy who was entering kindergarten. Parent concerns related to the child's safety in playground activities such as playing on the slide.

Interventions: Motor-control theory, including factors related to the task, the environment, and the individual, was used to guide and direct physical therapy management related to the patient goal of safely and effectively climbing the ladder to the playground slide.

Patient Outcomes: When the child entered kindergarten, he was able to safely ascend the ladder to the playground slide, using a modified movement pattern, when distractions were minimized. However, attentional issues continued to affect task execution when other children were present.

Implications: This case report demonstrates a means by which current knowledge and theory can be integrated into clinical practice.

Future Directions: Applying motor-control theory to this case led to the development of clinical questions for future research.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Application of Theory, Case Report, Cerebral Palsy, Motor Control

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