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Residual Motor Function after Spinal Cord Injury

Milan R Dimitrijevic

in Restorative Neurology of Spinal Cord Injury

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746507
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918768 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746507.003.0001
Residual Motor Function after Spinal Cord Injury

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This chapter introduces the concept that, following traumatic injury, spinal cord neural circuitry and its connections to and from supralesional centers are altered and highly individualized. It argues that, once physiologically characterized, this new anatomical organization created by injury and biological recovery becomes available for selective, targeted intervention. The chapter also stresses the clinical and subclinical criteria that need to be applied when examining the resulting “residual motor control” and the role of each in the selection and adjustment of restorative procedures applied to upgrade function in the chronic phase of recovery.

Keywords: traumatic injury; spinal cord neural circuitry; supralesional center; biological recovery

Chapter.  2946 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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