Motor imagery for pain and motor function after spinal cord injury : a systematic review

Opsommer, Emmanuelle (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Chevalley, Odile (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Korogod, Natalya (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)

Study design Systematic review. Objectives To evaluate the therapeutic benefits of motor imagery (MI) for the people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Setting International. Methods We searched electronic bibliographic databases, trial registers, and relevant reference lists. The review included experimental and quasi-experimental study designs as well as observational studies. For the critical appraisal of the 18 studies retrieved (three RCT, seven quasi-RCT, eight observational), we used instruments from the Joanna Briggs Institute. The primary outcome measure was pain. Secondary outcome measures included motor function and neurophysiological parameters. Adverse effects were extracted if reported in the included studies. Because of data heterogeneity, only a qualitative synthesis is offered. Results The included studies involved 282 patients. In most, results were an improvement in motor function and decreased pain; however, some reported no effect or an increase in pain. Although protocols of MI intervention were heterogeneous, sessions of 8–20 min were used for pain treatments, and of 30–60 min were used for motor function improvement. Neurophysiological measurements showed changes in brain region activation and excitability imposed by SCI, which were partially recovered by MI interventions. No serious adverse effects were reported. Conclusions High heterogeneity in the SCI population, MI interventions, and outcomes measured makes it difficult to judge the therapeutic effects and best MI intervention protocol, especially for people with SCI with neuropathic pain. Further clinical trials evaluating MI intervention as adjunct therapy for pain in SCI patients are warranted.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Santé
Branch:
Physiothérapie
School:
HESAV
Institute:
Unité de recherche en santé, HESAV
Subject(s):
Santé
Date:
2020-03
Pagination:
13 p.
Published in:
Spinal cord
Numeration (vol. no.):
March 2020, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 262–274
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1362-4393
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