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Analysis of Spinal Cord Injuries
The CatWalk system (CW) is an automated and exceptionally reliable system for assessing gait abnormalities and motor coordination. CW is a good tool for both studying improvements in the walking of animals after suffering a peripheral nerve and spinal cord lesion and to select the best therapies and procedures after tissue destruction, given that it provides objective and quantifiable data.
The CatWalk system (CW) is an automated and exceptionally reliable system for assessing gait abnormalities and motor coordination. CW is a good tool for both studying improvements in the walking of animals after suffering a peripheral nerve and spinal cord lesion and to select the best therapies and procedures after tissue destruction, given that it provides objective and quantifiable data. Most studies using CW for gait analysis that were published in recent years focus on injuries inflicted in the peripheral nerve, spinal cord, and brain. CW has been used in the assessment of rodent motor function through high-resolution videos, whereby specialized software was used to measure several aspects of the animal’s gait, and the main characteristics of the automated system are presented here. CW was developed to assess footfall and gait changes, and it can calculate many parameters based on footprints and time. However, given the multitude of parameters, it is necessary to evaluate which are the most important under the employed experimental circumstances. By selecting appropriate animal models and evaluating peripheral nerve and spinal cord lesion regeneration using standardized methods, suggestions for new therapies can be provided, which represents the translation of this methodology into clinical application.
2. Motor Function
Most neurological conditions, such as central and peripheral nervous system damage, are accompanied by gait changes. It is commonly agreed upon that the details of animal limb movements during locomotion, whether in injury or during recovery from spinal cord or peripheral nerve lesions, determined using appropriate models, are of utmost importance for the assessment of such conditions. Several functional tests are used to evaluate the motor recovery after experimental nerve injury and to appraise the potential regenerative therapies. The option for certain tests depends both on the lesion model and on the costs, since specific commercial systems have higher costs.
4. Discussion Regarding General Outlines Using Computerized Gait Analysis System and its Effectiveness in In Vivo Experiments
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