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Effects of limb immobilization on brain plasticity


Langer, Nicki; Hänggi, Jürgen; Müller, N A; Simmen, Hans-Peter; Jäncke, Lutz (2012). Effects of limb immobilization on brain plasticity. Neurology, 78(3):182-188.

Abstract

The present study illustrates that cortical thickness of the sensorimotor cortex and FA of the corticospinal tract changed during right arm immobilization and that these changes are associated with skill transfer from the right to the left hand. Thus, immobilization induces rapid reorganization of the sensorimotor system. Given that limb immobilization is a standard intervention technique in constraint-induced therapy, therapists should be aware of both the positive and negative effects of this intervention.

Abstract

The present study illustrates that cortical thickness of the sensorimotor cortex and FA of the corticospinal tract changed during right arm immobilization and that these changes are associated with skill transfer from the right to the left hand. Thus, immobilization induces rapid reorganization of the sensorimotor system. Given that limb immobilization is a standard intervention technique in constraint-induced therapy, therapists should be aware of both the positive and negative effects of this intervention.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Trauma Surgery
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:20 Jul 2012 10:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:40
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
ISSN:0028-3878
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0b013e31823fcd9c
PubMed ID:22249495

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