Analysis of muscle fiber conduction velocity during finger flexion and extension after stroke.
BACKGROUND: Stroke survivors experience greater strength deficits during finger extension than finger flexion. Prior research indicates relatively little observed weakness is directly attributable to muscle atrophy. Changes in other muscle properties, however, may contribute to strength deficits. OBJECTIVES: This study measured muscle fiber conduction velocity (MFCV) in a finger flexor and extensor muscle to infer changes in muscle fiber-type after stroke. METHODS: Conduction velocity was…read more
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Dr. Mary Stoykov contributes to chapter 5 of "Healing the Broken Brain", explaining why the arm and hand recover slowest after a paralyzing incident such as a stroke or brain injury.