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Healthcare 2016, 4(3), 67; doi:10.3390/healthcare4030067

Revisiting the Corticomotor Plasticity in Low Back Pain: Challenges and Perspectives

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Clinical neuroscience and neurostimulation laboratory, Neuroscience Division, Research Center of CHU de Québec, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC G1V 4G2, Canada
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Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC G1V 4G2, Canada
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Academic Editor: Robert J. Gatchel
Received: 24 June 2016 / Revised: 29 August 2016 / Accepted: 2 September 2016 / Published: 8 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Low Back Pain: Recent Advances And Perspectives)
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Abstract

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a recurrent debilitating condition that costs billions to society. Refractoriness to conventional treatment, lack of improvement, and associated movement disorders could be related to the extensive brain plasticity present in this condition, especially in the sensorimotor cortices. This narrative review on corticomotor plasticity in CLBP will try to delineate how interventions such as training and neuromodulation can improve the condition. The review recommends subgrouping classification in CLBP owing to brain plasticity markers with a view of better understanding and treating this complex condition. View Full-Text
Keywords: chronic low back pain; brain; plasticity; motor cortex; subgrouping; motor control exercise; neuromodulation; transcranial magnetic stimulation; repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation; spine chronic low back pain; brain; plasticity; motor cortex; subgrouping; motor control exercise; neuromodulation; transcranial magnetic stimulation; repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation; spine
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Massé-Alarie, H.; Schneider, C. Revisiting the Corticomotor Plasticity in Low Back Pain: Challenges and Perspectives. Healthcare 2016, 4, 67.

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