Erik Wikstrom PhD, ATC, FACSM

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sensory Reweighting Following Musculoskeletal Injury: Implications for Rehabilitation

Musculoskeletal injuries alter neuromuscular control. Current interventions ignore sensory deficits and alterations in sensory information processing. Lack of knowledge in this area and thus the subsequent inability to treat these neurophysiologic alterations are hypothesized mechanisms for the high rate of musculoskeletal reinjury among physically active populations. The financial burden and long-term health impact associated with musculoskeletal injuries highlights the importance of this problem. Evidence regarding: 1) neurophysiologic alterations associated with ankle sprains, ACL injury, and low-back pain, and 2) existing intervention effectiveness at treating these neurophysiologic alterations within these populations will be reviewed. Novel intervention alternatives will also be discussed.