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PP-115 Impact of physical rehabilitation on motor activities and daily participation in children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  1. Abdulmoein Al-Agha1,
  2. Baian A Baattaiah2,
  3. Ehab H Waly3
  1. 1King Abdulaziz University, Department of Pediatric, Faculty of Medicine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  2. 2King Abdulaziz University, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  3. 3Cairo University, Department of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo, Egypt


Aim Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic connective tissue disorder causing impairment of the musculoskeletal system resulting in motor limitations and restriction to Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder affecting connective tissue, leading to musculoskeletal impairment and limitations in motor activities. The impact of OI on daily participation in home, school, and community settings has been recognized, yet studies focusing on the Saudi population lack emphasis on the benefits of physical rehabilitation interventions. This study aims to investigate the effects of continuous physical therapy management on children with OI type I, specifically focusing on various aspects of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).

Material and Method Thirty patients with type I OI, aged five to eleven years, from King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital (KAUH) were enrolled. The participants were divided into two groups: the study group, which received a Physical Therapy program twice a week for four months, and the control group, which followed home advice. Measured variables included muscle power for primary antigravity muscles, gross motor skills, and spatiotemporal gait data.

Results Post-rehabilitation, the study group exhibited a significant increase in gait speed, accompanied by a reduction in the timing of foot off and the percentage of double support time. The muscle power of antigravity muscles also significantly improved in the intervention group. Additionally, both groups demonstrated post-treatment improvements in gross motor activities, with a more significant enhancement observed in the intervention group compared to the control group.

Conclusions The findings suggest that physiotherapy exercise intervention is crucial for enhancing functional mobility in children with OI, potentially preventing the adverse effects of disease progression on daily activities. Regular physical rehabilitation for OI can contribute to improved motor activities and ambulation, both indoors and outdoors, ultimately reducing the long-term cost-effective burden associated with this type of disability.

  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • rehabilitation
  • gait speed
  • muscle power
  • functional mobility

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