Pain in children with cerebral palsy: implications for pediatric physical therapy.

This literature review explores pain assessment tools and psychosocial pain management methods that are pertinent to physical therapy (PT) for children with cerebral palsy (CP). Children with CP experience considerable pain that affects quality of life and cooperation during healthcare procedures. Physical therapist-led research on interventions to address pain in this population is limited, despite evidence for the prevalence of pain during PT interventions, and the preponderance of research supporting the use of psychosocial pain management during other healthcare-related pain-inducing procedures.

Research completed primarily by non-physical therapist healthcare professionals delineate assessment tools and psychosocial pain management techniques that hold promise for evaluating and reducing pain that occurs during PT procedures for children with CP.

Swiggum M, Hamilton ML, Gleeson P, Roddey T. Pain in children with cerebral palsy: implications for pediatric physical therapy. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2010;22(1):86-92

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