Instrumented dystonia and choreoathetosis assessment protocol (IDCA) of upper limb movements in cerebral palsy
Dystonia and choreoathetosis are movement disorders in Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy (DCP). Dystonia is characterized by sustained muscle contractions causing abnormal postures, while choreoathetosis consists of rapid, involuntary movements and writhing, contorting movements. Dystonia and choreoathetosis are currently evaluated by clinical measurement scales based on consensus definitions, which are inherently subjectivity and rater-dependent. The aim of this project is therefore to set-up a measurement tool capable to objectively differentiate dystonia and choreoathetosis in DCP based on biomechanical characteristics. A reliable differentiation - and in a later stage – evaluation of motor disorders can enhance insights in their pathological mechanism and thereby contribute in delineating a better treatment strategy.