Addressing Neuromuscular Deficits for Improved Outcomes in Ankle Rehabilitation
[Technical Report, Annual Report]
KENTUCKY UNIV LEXINGTON
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The primary purpose of this study will seek to identify lateral ankle sprain LAS patients that do not respond to physical rehabilitation under a traditional medical model and who subsequently develop chronic ankle instability CAI. The proposed study will evaluate established clinical outcomes along with innovative measures of brain and spinal cord function and ankle joint stability during a one-year follow-up after injury. Our hypothesis is that patients who develop CAI within one-year after injury will demonstrate poorer clinical outcomes, larger alterations in innovative measures of brain and spinal cord function, and early ankle joint cartilage turnover compared to the LAS patients that develop into Copers. The secondary purpose of this study will be to transition the results to methods that can be applied in multiple rehabilitation settings across civilian and military treatment facilities. We will determine which clinical measures are most related to the advanced brain and spinal cordmeasures.
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