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Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Jun;114(5):471-4. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2012.04.009.

From contemporary rehabilitation to restorative neurology.

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  • 1Division of Neurosurgery, Center for Neurophysiology and Restorative Neurology, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA.


Recent years have witnessed significant advances in the treatment of neurological injuries such as stroke, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and spinal cord injuries (SCI). The current approach includes acute intervention to curb the primary insult, prevention of secondary complications and early rehabilitation to optimize residual function to ultimately enhance quality of life and independence. While this is effective in providing a degree of independence to many patients, we believe that further functional gains are possible for many patients who have plateaued followed a contemporary rehabilitation program. Complementary methods are available today that are not widely used, but have demonstrated great promise in augmenting function and quality of life in patients who cannot benefit further from currently available treatment options.

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