Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Using DTI to understand muscle contracture in children with Cerebral Palsy

Your doctor should be clicking on the link at the bottom to get more information. If not you have a doctor that doesn't give a shit about your recovery. Contractures can result from spasticity and since there is no cure for spasticity you are at danger for this.

Using DTI to understand muscle contracture in children with Cerebral Palsy 

A new study by Prof Rob Herbert and his team is investigating muscle contracture in children with cerebral palsy.
Contracture is a stiffening of muscles, even when the muscle is passive. It is not yet known whether contracture is a result of changes in the muscle, changes in the associated tendon, or a combination of both.
Around 53 per cent of children with cerebral palsy have contractures at the lower leg, which prevent normal joint mobility and can result in deformity. Understanding the mechanism that causes contracture will help to guide intervention strategies.
The motor impairment team, which includes Dr Bart Bolsterlee and PhD student Arkiev D’Souza, is using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to determine the changes in muscle architecture that accompany contracture. DTI is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique typically used to examine the structure of the brain. Recent advancements in technology have allowed researchers to apply this technology to muscles to measure muscle structure in unprecedented detail. While the technology was initially developed to examine neural connectivity of the brain, over the last decade it has been increasingly applied to study skeletal muscle structure. Using DTI, the team will compare the architecture of calf muscles in 20 children with cerebral palsy and 20 of their healthy peers. The MRI scan takes approximately 45 minutes and the data is used to generate a three-dimensional model of the muscles in the lower leg. Differences in muscle structure between healthy children and children with contracture will help identify the mechanism causing the condition. This information may help to create new techniques to overcome the difficulties caused by contracture.
If you are interested in learning more about this study or are interested in participating, you can find more information here.

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