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An exploration into the cortical reorganisation of the healthy hand in upper-limb complex regional pain syndrome.

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Summary of "An exploration into the cortical reorganisation of the healthy hand in upper-limb complex regional pain syndrome."

Recent evidence demonstrated that complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is associated with a larger than normal somatosensory (S1) representation of the healthy hand. The most intuitive mechanism for this apparent enlargement is increased, i.e. compensatory, use of the healthy hand. We investigated whether enlargement of the S1 representation of the healthy hand is associated with compensatory use in response to CRPS. Specifically, we were interested in whether the size of the S1 representation of the healthy hand is associated with the severity of functional impairment of the CRPS-affected hand. We were also interested in whether CRPS duration might be positively associated with the size of the representation of the healthy hand in S1.

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Name: Scandinavian journal of pain
ISSN: 1877-8879
Pages: 18-24

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