The possible detrimental effects on balance following a surgical procedure performed on many children with cerebral palsy is being better understood thanks to research conducted in part by a UT doctoral student in the College of Engineering.
The team looked at a procedure in which the rectus femoris muscle is disconnected from the front of the knee and reattached to the back of the leg to correct problematic muscle function and improve mobility. Though commonly done to allow for more flexibility in the knees of patients, the surgery has inconsistent outcomes.
Misagh Mansouri, a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, and his advisor, Jeffrey Reinbolt, an assistant professor in the department, looked at how the procedure affects the balance of those with cerebral palsy.
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