Arm and Hand Function

Tylynn (2 years old) in carriage with sling on her arm for movement constraint therapy

Hand function is affected in more than 60% of individuals with cerebral palsy to some degree. 

In milder types of cerebral palsy, this may only mean a little bit of weakness in hands and fingers. In more severe cases, people may not be able to adequately use one of both of their hands. Treatments targeting upper limb function aim to improve functional abilities, promote functional independence, and/or reduce muscle tone.

Hand function is affected in more than 60% of individuals with cerebral palsy to some degree. 

Contributors
Dr. Andy Gordon, PhD
Professor of Movement Sciences Movement Science Program Coordinator, Teachers College Columbia University New York