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Ankle Sprain

Study Goals: We are interested in tracking how the brains and nerves of people with ankle sprains develop over time. This information may lead to a better understanding of the neurological consequences of neuropathic pain, which in turn may lead to better treatment for the many patients who are affected.

Our Approach: We are using a variety of neuroimaging MRI techniques, including functional MRI and Diffusion Tensor Imaging, to examine the nerve and brain over time.

Eligibility to participate: 10 – 24 year olds with a recent (<1 month) lower extremity injury, such as an ankle sprain.  Healthy 10 – 24 year old individuals are also eligible to participate in the control group of the study.

Study Visit Overview:  The study will involve between 1 to 4 visits and each visit will take up to 3 hours.

            1. Neurological evaluation (15 minutes)

            2. Pre-scan psychological questionnaires (30 minutes)

            3. Sensory Testing (10 minutes)

            4. Leg and Brain MRI scan (90 minutes)

Compensation: Participants will receive a $100 gift card for the first study session they participate in, as well as a CD with pictures of their brain to take home.

Funding Sources: This study is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the study coordinator, Tali by filling out the form below or at 781-216-1199.

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