The Association Between Corticomotor Excitability and Motor Skill Learning in People With Painful Hand Arthritis
Parker, RS; Lewis, GN; Rice, DA; McNair, PJ
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Previous studies have shown a tendency for reduced motor cortex inhibition in chronic pain populations. People with chronic pain also routinely demonstrate motor deficiencies, including skill learning. The goals of the current study were to (1) provide a thorough analysis of corticomotor and intracortical excitability in people with chronic arthritic hand pain, and (2) examine the relationship between these measures and performance on a motor skill learning task.