Rehabilitation strategy using enhanced housing environment during neural regeneration.

@article{Meek2004RehabilitationSU,
  title={Rehabilitation strategy using enhanced housing environment during neural regeneration.},
  author={Marcel F. Meek and Martijn A J Koning and J. P. A. Nicolai and Albert Gramsbergen},
  journal={Journal of neuroscience methods},
  year={2004},
  volume={136 2},
  pages={179-85}
}
The influence of an enriched environment on the recovery of nerve function was studied after a sciatic nerve lesion and repair. A sciatic nerve gap of 15 mm was bridged in 12 rats using autologous nerve grafts. The rats were housed either in an enriched environment or in standard cages. In the enhanced housing environment, the rats were forced to move by dissociating food and water sources, including wire for foot gripping instead of flat plastic floors, and wooden play toys. Locomotor behavior… CONTINUE READING