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Why does my child bend her legs while walking?

Q: Our twin babies (a boy and a girl) were born in the 7th month and they are now 5 years old. My daughter has a problem. Her left leg bends while walking like a bow. She is undergoing physiotherapy for the last 4 years but there is no improvement. We would like to know if this will become fine or no? Should we think about getting this operated? Should we consult a paediatric orthopaedic specialist? Please suggest someone in Chennai or Bangalore?

A:Your daughter is probably a patient of Spastic Cerebral Palsy. The tightness in the lower limbs would require a surgical intervention between 5 to 8 years as other modalities do not work. It is important to remember that rehabilitation (PT, OT and gait training) and orthotic (splint) support would be needed regularly to maintain the good results of surgery.

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