Physiologic Studies

  • George M. Bedbrook


The prime function of the spinal cord is the integration of reflex activity. Its basic functional unit, the spinal reflex, is the basis for limb movements:
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    Simple, such as response to cutaneous stimulation (exteroceptive reflexes)

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    Complex, including (a) maintenance and appropriate modification of muscle tone during movement (proprioceptive reflexes); (b) visceral functions such as control of bladder, bowel, and sexual function; (c) control of peripheral blood flow.



Muscle Spindle Spinal Motoneuron Reflex Activity Schematic Represen Renshaw Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George M. Bedbrook
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryRoyal Perth HospitalAustralia
  2. 2.Royal Perth Rehabilitation HospitalShenton ParkWestern Australia

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