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Changes in motor control after spinal cord injury

There are 350-400 new cases of spinal cord injury in Australia every year. These injuries cause sudden and devastating changes in patients’ ability to live independently. Surveys have shown that people living with a spinal cord injury list improved hand control second only to bladder and bowel control.

We are undertaking studies to understand how muscles change after spinal cord injury and how the voluntary control of these muscles can be improved with rehabilitation. Our goal is to increase the ability of people with a spinal cord injury to look after themselves.