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Insulin growth factors may explain relationship between spasticity and skeletal muscle size in men with spinal cord injury

Ashraf S. Gorgey, MPT, PhD, FACSM; David R. Gater, MD, PhD

Veterans with spinal cord injury are at a lifelong risk of increasing obesity and continuing metabolic disorders such as glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemia due to deterioration in body composition. Understanding factors that could prevent these conditions may improve these veterans– longevity and reduce their burdens. Our group has previously investigated the effects of spasticity (increasing muscle tone) on muscle size, fat mass, and carbohydrate and lipid profiles. In this work, we further expand on previous findings to determine how spasticity exerts protective effects in people with spinal cord injury.

Volume 49 Number 3, 2012
   Pages 373 — 380


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Gorgey AS, Gater DR. Insulin growth factors may explain relationship between spasticity and skeletal muscle size in men with spinal cord injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(3):373–80.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.04.0076

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