Musculoskeletal Health following SCI
In this series we’ll discuss the various aspects of lower limb musculoskeletal change following complete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Follow this series on our Instagram site Talking FES
In the neurologically intact body, the musculoskeletal system is an organ system that provides form, support, stability and movement (Schuenke 2014). In the absence of gravitational and voluntary muscle-induced loading, weight bearing bones undergo pronounced structural change (LeBlanc et al. 2007).
Complete upper motor neurone injury presents an extreme example of skeletal unloading, whereby voluntary lower limb muscle-induced loading is lost.
Although spasticity can help slow muscle atrophy and strength (Wilmet et al. 1995), paralysed skeletal muscle atrophy is rapid, and fibres undergo phenotype transformation (Burnham et al. 1997).
In the next post we'll take a look at muscular atrophy following complete SCI.
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