Neurobehavioral Assessments of Spinal Cord Injury

  • Jed S. Shumsky
  • John D. Houlé
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


Experimental spinal cord injuries can be categorized as being mild, moderate, or severe, based upon the extent of tissue damage and the severity of functional deficit incurred. The level of injury and unilateral or bilateral nature of an injury also greatly impact upon whether deficits involve single or multiple limbs. Having these features in mind, the investigator is directed towards performing the appropriate neurobehavioral tests to assess the functional capabilities of injured animals before and after therapeutic interventions have been applied. An ideal test should use quantitative methods that can provide some insight into the physiological mechanisms involved in functional recovery.

Key words

Somatosensory testing Behavioral assessment Locomotion Spinal cord injury, Functional recovery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, The Spinal Cord Research CenterDrexel University College of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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