Influence of prosthesis use on cortical activation and movement variability
Objective: To determine the influence of using a prosthesis on neural activation patterns of the primary motor cortex and motor performance in children with unilateral congenital upper-limb reductions.
Dr. Zuniga's Team
The development of prostheses for children is complex due to their rapid and continuous growth. Up to 58% of children with upperlimb reductions reject or abandon their prosthesis due to excessive weight, lack of visual appeal, limited function and complexity of control.
Patient using 3D printed prosthetic.
Theoretically, the use of a prosthesis may lead to an enlargement of the primary neuronal networks located in the cortical area involved with motor control of the affected limb. Ultimately, this might lead to a larger repertoire of motor strategies and integration of the prosthesis into the motor control of the child facilitating prosthesis acceptance.
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