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Restorative Neurology of Spinal Cord Injury

Milan R. Dimitrijevic Byron A. Kakulas W. Barry McKay Gerta Vrbova

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Oxford University Press Inc
02 January 2012
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.
Edited by:   Milan R. Dimitrijevic, Byron A. Kakulas, W. Barry McKay, Gerta Vrbova
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   594g
ISBN:   9780199746507
ISBN 10:   0199746508
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   02 January 2012
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword Preface Chapter 1 - Residual motor function after spinal cord injury Chapter 2 - Neurophysiological principles for the assessment of residual motor control below the spinal cord injury in humans Chapter 3 - Restorative neurology of motor control after spinal cord injury: clinical practice Chapter 4 - Neural control of locomotion Chapter 5 - Summary of strategies used to repair the injured spinal cord Chapter 6 - The reconstructive neurosurgery of spinal injury Chapter 7 - Criteria for biological interventions for spinal cord injury Chapter 8 - Neurophysiological assessment of human motor control and changes caused by spinal cord injury Chapter 9 - Neurophysiologic monitoring of the human spinal cord functional integrity during surgical interventions Chapter 10 - Transcutaneous lumbar posterior root stimulation for motor control studies and modification of motor activity after spinal cord injury Epilogue Appendix I - A manual for the neurophysiological assessment of motor control: The Brain Motor Control Assessment (BMCA) Protocolpages Appendix II - Academic environment for the development of human motor control in Ljubljana

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

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