Restoring walking after spinal cord injury: operant conditioning of spinal reflexes can help.

@article{Thompson2015RestoringWA,
  title={Restoring walking after spinal cord injury: operant conditioning of spinal reflexes can help.},
  author={Aiko K Thompson and Jonathan R. Wolpaw},
  journal={The Neuroscientist : a review journal bringing neurobiology, neurology and psychiatry},
  year={2015},
  volume={21 2},
  pages={203-15}
}
People with incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) frequently suffer motor disabilities due to spasticity and poor muscle control, even after conventional therapy. Abnormal spinal reflex activity often contributes to these problems. Operant conditioning of spinal reflexes, which can target plasticity to specific reflex pathways, can enhance recovery. In rats in which a right lateral column lesion had weakened right stance and produced an asymmetrical gait, up-conditioning of the right soleus H… CONTINUE READING

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