Manipulation of Central Nervous System Plasticity: A New Dimension in the Care of Neurologically Impaired Patients

Drubach, Daniel A.; Makley, Michael; Dodd, Maryellen L.
June 2004
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Jun2004, Vol. 79 Issue 6, p796
Academic Journal
Research in the neurosciences in recent decades has shown that the central nervous system is not a structurally static organ as was believed previously, but instead is a dynamic system that constantly undergoes structural and functional reorganization. The term brain plasticity refers to the constant cellular and intercellular modifications that occur during normal development and after neurologic injury and result in changes in neurologic function. The discovery that central nervous system plasticity after injury can be directed toward functional improvement with use of specific modalities has opened up a new dimension in the care of the neurologically impaired patient, termed restorative neurology.


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