Innovation in Motor and Sensory Recovery
Peripheral nerve injuries are treated through repair of the damaged/severed nerves. This allows the nerve fibers to grow back and reconnect to muscles and skin areas. Despite successful repair, many patients are left with long-term motor and sensory impairments. While peripheral neurons do regrow after nerve damage, the regeneration is a largely random process and nerve fibers are not guaranteed to return to the same area as before injury.
This publication provides details around the effects of nerve damage on the brain and spinal cord, provides insights into what may be contributing to the lack of recovery, and describes a new technique to boost brain plasticity to improve recovery.