How have research findings on neural plasticity affected rehabilitation for middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke?

Updated: Aug 09, 2021
  • Author: Daniel I Slater, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Neural plasticity has been defined as “any change in neuron structure or functions that is observed either directly from measures of individual neurons or inferred from measures taken across populations of neurons.” [21] A rapidly expanding body of evidence using both animal and human models has shown specific motor stimulation or movement can induce changes in the motor cortex both on a cellular level, as well as in the representative cortex devoted to limb or finger movement. [22, 23, 24] The profound implication of these basic research findings has inspired application towards recovery efforts for patients with various neurologic pathology, including stroke.

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