New solution for retraining brains after ACL injury devised

7 November 2016

Scientists have developed a new method for getting the brain reaccustomed to normal movement after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

A team from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have found that parts of the brain associated with leg movement can be affected during recovery from an ACL injury, resulting in differences in physical response when extending or flexing the knee.

Instead of relying on movement or spatial awareness, people who had suffered an ACL injury relied more on their visual systems in the brain, meaning they no longer moved the knee as naturally or instinctively as those who had not been injured.

To correct this, the researchers have found a way of using strobe glasses to factor motor learning and visual-motor compensations into rehabilitation processes, helping their brains to return to their normal functioning.

Dustin Grooms, a researcher who conducted the study at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said: "The idea is to use these glasses to visually distract these patients, so their brains will rewire back to their original state. That will allow them to once again move their knee based on natural instinct, instead of relying on visual cues."

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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