International Orthopaedics

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 305–309 | Cite as

Distal hamstring lengthening in cerebral palsy

An evaluation by gait analysis
  • J. U. Baumann
  • H. Ruetsch
  • K. Schürmann

Summary

Distal elongation of the hamstrings was performed for contracture due to neurogenic disorders in 66 patients. A follow-up study on 34 of the patients with cerebral palsy is reported here. The success of the operation was judged by functional evaluation including joint measurement and gait analysis. The advantages of this operation and the need for prolonged aftercare are discussed.

Key words

Distal hamstring lengthening Cerebral palsy Muscle contracture Gait analysis Cinephotography 

Résumé

La contracture d'origine neurologique a été corrigée chez 66 malades par allongement des ischiojambiers au niveau de leurs tendons terminaux. L'article étudie les résultats à long terme obtenus chez 34 infirmes moteurs cérébraux. L'efficacité de l'intervention a été évaluée sur le plan fonctionnel d'après la mobilité articulaire et la qualité de la marche. La discussion porte sur les avantages de cette opération et la nécessité de soins post-opératoires prolongés.

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© Springer-Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. U. Baumann
    • 1
  • H. Ruetsch
    • 1
  • K. Schürmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuro-Orthopädische Abteilung, Orthopädische KlinikChirurgisches Department der Universität Basel, Basler KinderspitalBaselSwitzerland

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