Trunk strength and mobility changes in children with slowtransit constipation.Chase JW, Stillman BC, Gibb SM, Clarke MC, Robertson VJ, Catto-Smith AG, Hutson JM, Southwell BR. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 Dec;24(12):1876-84.
Laura Scheufele PT, DPT, WCS
August 7, 2013
Primary Aim: To determine whether children and adolescents with STC have different trunk musculoskeletal characteristics that might be related to their defecation difficulties, compared to controls. Additional aims were to determine the usual activity patterns of slow transit constipation (STC) children.
Subjects: 41 children who met the STC criteria, aged between 7-18 years, were matched for age and sex in the control group. Criteria for selection into the STC group included diagnosis by radionuclear transit studies, and at least 2-year history of medical management. The control subjects recruited by requests for volunteers fromAustralian Scouting groups, and children of colleagues. The parents of each of the control subjects were interviewed and confirmed no known relevant musculoskeletal disorders or constipation history requiring medical management.