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Imagine There Is No Plegia. Mental Motor Imagery Difficulties in Patients with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Thomschewski, A; Strohlein, A; Langthaler, PB; Schmid, E; Potthoff, J; Holler, P; Leis, S; Trinka, E; Holler, Y
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Höller Peter
Höller Yvonne
Langthaler Patrick Benjamin
Leis Stefan
Schmid Elisabeth
Thomschewski Aljoscha
Trinka Eugen


In rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), imagination of movement is a candidate tool to promote long-term recovery or to control futuristic neuroprostheses. However, little is known about the ability of patients with spinal cord injury to perform this task. It is likely that without the ability to effectively perform the movement, the imagination of movement is also problematic. We therefore examined, whether patients with SCI experience increased difficulties in motor imagery (MI) compared to healthy controls. We examined 7 male patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (aged 23-70 years, median 53) and 20 healthy controls (aged 21-54 years, median 30). All patients had incomplete SCI, with AIS (ASIA Impairment Scale) grades of C or D. All had cervical lesions, except one who had a thoracic injury level. Duration after injury ranged from 3 to 314 months. We performed the Movement Imagery Questionnaire Revised as well as the Beck Depression Inventory in all participants. The self-assessed ability of patients to visually imagine movements ranged from 7 to 36 (

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spinal cord injury (SCI)
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