Sensory re-education

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Abstract

Repair of injured peripheral nerve trunks in the hand and upper extremity still represents one of the most challenging surgical constructive problems. In adults, discriminative sensory functions of the hand do not usually recover despite use of microsurgical repair techniques. A major reason for the imperfect outcome is the pronounced functional cortical reorganizations that occur after nerve injury, leading to a change of the normal hand representation into a disbursed pattern. A relearning process is required. Evolving principles for sensory relearning are based on the multimodal plasticity of the brain and rapid and long-term synaptic changes induced by extrinsic influence.

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Authors
External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Neurosciences

Keywords

  • Brain plasticity, Cortical plasticity, Cortical remodeling, Hand sensation, Nerve injury, Nerve regeneration, Nerve repair, Sense of touch, Sensory re-education, Tactile gnosis, Two-point discrimination
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Externally publishedYes