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Trunk and center of mass movements during gait in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis
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2007 (English)In: Human Movement Science, ISSN 0167-9457, E-ISSN 1872-7646, Vol. 26, no 2, 296-305 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Motion of the body center of mass (CoM) can often indicate the overall effect of the strategy of forward progression used. In the present study, focus is placed on trunk movements in the sagittal, coronal, and transverse/rotation plane, as well as placement of the CoM, during gait in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Seventeen children with JIA, all with polyarticular lower extremity involvement were examined before and approximately two weeks after treatment with intra-articular cortico-steroid injections. Movement was recorded with a 6-camera 3D motion analysis system in both the children with JIA and in 21 healthy controls. Trunk and center of mass movements were compared between JIA and controls, and effects of intra-articular cortico-steroid treatment were evaluated. Children with JIA were more posteriorly tilted in the trunk, contrary to the common clinical impression, and had their CoM placed more posterior and off-centred, which may have been a result of pain. With such knowledge, it might be possible to better understand the effects of their pain and involvement, and ultimately to plan a treatment strategy for improving their gait patterns.

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2007. Vol. 26, no 2, 296-305 p.
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juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, 3D gait analysis, centre of gravity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-40727DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2007.01.007ISI: 000245957100010PubMedID: 17343943ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33947372581OAI: diva2:442985
2nd European Workshop on Movement Science Location: Vet Univ Vienna, Vienna, Austria, Date: JUN 02-04, 2005Available from: 2011-09-23 Created: 2011-09-20 Last updated: 2011-09-23Bibliographically approved

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