Restorative Neurology of Spinal Cord Injury

Restorative Neurology of Spinal Cord Injury

by Milan R. Dimitrijevic
     
 

Following injury or disease, neural circuitry can be altered to varying degrees leading to highly individualized characteristics that may or may not resemble original function. In addition, lost or partially damaged circuits and the effects of biological recovery processes coupled with learned compensatory strategies create a new neuroanatomy with capabilities that

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Overview

Following injury or disease, neural circuitry can be altered to varying degrees leading to highly individualized characteristics that may or may not resemble original function. In addition, lost or partially damaged circuits and the effects of biological recovery processes coupled with learned compensatory strategies create a new neuroanatomy with capabilities that are often not functional or may interfere with daily life. To date, the majority of approaches used to treat neurological dysfunction have focused on the replacement of lost or damaged function, usually through the suppression of surviving neural activity and the application of mechanical assistive devices. Restorative Neurology of Spinal Cord Injury offers a different and novel approach.

Focusing on the spinal cord and its role in motor control, the book details the clinical and neurophysiological assessment process and methods developed throughout the past half century by basic and clinical scientists. Then, through the use of specialized clinical and neurophysiological testing methods, conduction and processing performed within the surviving neural circuitry is examined and characterized in detail. Based on the results of such assessment, treatment strategies, also described in this book, are applied to augment, rather than replace, the performance of surviving neural circuitry and improve the functional capacity of people who have experienced injury to their spinal cords.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199746507
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/20/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Milan R. Dimitrijevic, MD, PhD, Principle Investigator of Foundation for Movement Recovery, Oslo, Norway; Emeritus Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Byron A. Kakulas, MD, FRACP, FRCPA, FRCPath, Medical Director, Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia.

W. Barry McKay, BS, Research Scientist, Norton Neuroscience Institute, Louisville, Kentucky.

Gerta Vrbová, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Division of Developmental. Neuroscience, University College London;
Visiting Professor, Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom.

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