Remodeling after a stroke
After a stroke, neurons and neuronal interconnections
are damaged. The brain urgently needs to:
- Nourish the “ailing” neurons
- Restore synaptic connections
Neuroplasticity allows the brain
- To rebuild the connections
- To compensate for irreparably damaged or dysfunctional neurons
- Undamaged neurons may grow new processes to reconnect neurons whose links were injured and severed, by forming new neural connections
- Rehabilitation after stroke improves functional recovery
- Unfortunately brain self-repair is limited and functional recovery may be incomplete.
- Treatments that can create a micro-environment that promotes brain plasticity through neuronal proliferation and maturation, neuritic outgrowth and enhanced synaptic communication within the injured brain would help regain lost brain functions.