Pilot study of the cortical correlates and clinical effects of passive ankle mobilisation in children with upper motorneuron lesions

Lorenzo Garavaglia, Erika Molteni, Elena Beretta, Elena Vassena, Sandra Strazzer, Simone Pittaccio

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Abstract

Upper motoreuron lesions (UML) affects people of all ages and conditions and is a major cause of disability in the young. Whereas active exercise is recognised as paramount to restore the lost motor functions, passive mobilisation of the affected limbs is regarded as a means to safeguard muscular tissue properties during a period of disuse and lack of voluntary control, which often characterises the acute and sub-acute phases. The purpose of the present work is to study the cortical reactivity in UML patients who are treated for two weeks with a robotic passive ankle mobiliser, and the clinical effects of this treatment. The rationale is that, if passive mobilisation can affect positively the functional reorganisation at a cortical level, it could be proposed as a suitable tool to maintain afferentation and guide central nervous remapping, thus bridging the period of time when active exercise is impossible due to acute paresis. Preliminary results on 7 patients (aged 15.35±4.36) showed that this therapy is very well tolerated and suggest that its application could specifically improve ankle PROM and plantarflexor muscle length. EEG data showed improved desynchronisation in at least one frequency band in 3 patients of the study, thus confirming the effects of passive mobilisation on the cortical re-organisation of some patients having UML.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages6614-6617
Number of pages4
Volume2015-November
ISBN (Print)9781424492718
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2015
Event37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Aug 25 2015Aug 29 2015

Other

Other37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityMilan
Period8/25/158/29/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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