Chapter 15. Spinal Cord Trauma

  1. Prof. Dr. Mathias Bähr
  1. Volkmar Dietz

Published Online: 17 JUN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527603867.ch15

Neuroprotection: Models, Mechanisms and Therapies

Neuroprotection: Models, Mechanisms and Therapies

How to Cite

Dietz, V. (2004) Spinal Cord Trauma, in Neuroprotection: Models, Mechanisms and Therapies (ed M. Bähr), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527603867.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Department of Neurology, University of Göttingen Medical School, Robert-Koch-Str. 40, 37075 Göttingen, Germany

Author Information

  1. Spinal Cord Injury Center, University Hospital Balgrist, Forchstr. 340, CH-8008 Zürich, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 JUN 2005
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527308163

Online ISBN: 9783527603862



  • neuroprotection models;
  • mechanisms and therapies;
  • spinal cord trauma;
  • epidemiology;
  • clinical aspects;
  • acute stage;
  • dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system;
  • the evolution of signs and symptoms;
  • principles of therapy;
  • current approaches in motor rehabilitation;
  • search for reliable clinical assessment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Epidemiology

  • Clinical Aspects

    • Acute Stage

    • Dysfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System

    • The Evolution of Signs and Symptoms

  • Principles of Therapy

    • General Concepts

    • Transition from Acute Care to Rehabilitation

    • Basic Aspects of Motor Rehabilitation: Neuronal Activity of the Isolated Spinal Cord

  • Current Approaches in Motor Rehabilitation

    • Spinal Reflex Plasticity

    • Use-Dependent Plasticity – Rehabilitative Approaches

    • Task-specific Plasticity

    • Effects of Locomotor Training in Spinal Cord Injury

  • Search for Reliable Clinical Assessment

    • Physical Signs and Function

    • Appropriate Assessment of Function –Basis for New Interventional Therapies

  • Conclusion

  • References