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Epilogue

Milan R Dimitrijevic, Byron A Kakulas, W. Barry McKay and Gerta Vrbová

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/9780199746507.003.0011
Epilogue

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This chapter evaluates the significance of considering residual neural function at the subclinical level in clinical practice to enhance the control of movement after spinal cord injury. Existing methods that reveal residual motor control along with knowledge of motor control generated by healthy, non-injured individuals and the changes that occur with spinal cord injury, described in this book, allow us not only to use this information to refine the diagnosis, but also to guide the restoration of movement in injured individuals. This, together with advances in the availability of sophisticated electronic devices, will make us able to affect externally the excitability of structures within the central nervous system, including those in the spinal cord, thus opening new avenues for reestablishing function.

Keywords: spinal cord injury; residual neural function; movement control; central nervous system; residual motor control

Chapter.  2357 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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