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Neuroscience and Physical Therapy Patty Collier, PT Seton Medical Center Austin Community College Texas State University
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Objectives Students will understand how neurological injury can effect human movement Students will see how Physical Therapy interventions help restore function through cortical plasticity, central pattern generators, and use of intact reflexes
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Physical Therapy “Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability” -American Physical Therapy Association
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What neurological injury looks like
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Clinical presentation of traumatic brain injury (TBI) Cognitive impairments Motor spasticity (↑stretch reflex and resting muscle tone) Motor weakness Balance and coordination deficits Pathological reflexes (clonus, Babinski)
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Clinical presentation of spinal cord injury (SCI) Complete or incomplete loss of sensation and volitional motor control below the level of lesion Spasticity and contractures Autonomic dysfunction
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Recovery from neurological injury Neuroplasticity “the ability of the brain to change and repair itself” - O’Sullivan neural regeneration function-induced recovery
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course CHEM 2341 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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