Hip braces and kids with non-ambulatory CP
Can a hip brace prevent progressive hip displacement in children with cerebral palsy?
In the Journal of the American Medical Associtaion,
Bo Ryun Kim, and colleagues report the results of study of hip braces for children with cerebral palsy. They focus on a new design for braces. They studied non-ambularoty patients, assessing whther a widely used index of hip displacement was affected by the new brace. They found that the new hip brace resulted in substantially lower levels of hip displacement for the children (mean age about 5 years). Here is their conclusion:
In this randomized clinical trial, the novel hip brace was significantly effective in preventing the progression of hip displacement, compared with the control group. It effectively improved quality of life in patients with nonambulatory cerebral palsy. Therefore, hip brace use could be a promising treatment method to delay hip surgery and improve the quality of life of patients with nonambulatory cerebral palsy.
Kim, B. R., Yoon, J. A, Han, H. J, et al. Efficacy of a hip brace for hip displacement in children with cerebral palsy: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(11):e2240383. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.40383