Acute phase functional electrical stimulation for upper limb treatment following a cervical spinal cord injury

Jean McQueen, Lesley Wallace

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Abstract

Aims: Anecdotal evidence suggests that early treatment with functional elearicat stimulation (FES) to specific upper limb muscles and muscle groups may improve furictional outcome and long-term independence in the high-level tétraplégie patient. This improvement may lead to increased independence in daily life. The authors aimed to investigate these assertions using a case study design, and encourage further work on this treatment strategy. Methods: The implementation of FES at an early stage post-injury in one cen/ical spinal cord-injured patient is described. FES was applied with the aim of improving functional use of upper limbs. Muscle strength was assessed, using manual muscle testing with the Oxford scale, at commencement and cessation of FES treatment Independence in activities of daily living was also recorded. Findings: This case study suggests that use of FES applied during the acute phase following injury can have a positive effect on both physical and psychological outcomes. Conclusions: Further work is recommended to strengthen the evidence for this intervention.

Acute phase functional electrical stimulation for upper limb treatment following a cervical spinal cord injury. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259218839_Acute_phase_functional_electrical_stimulation_for_upper_limb_treatment_following_a_cervical_spinal_cord_injury [accessed Jul 20, 2017].
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

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Keywords

  • spinal cord injury
  • tetraplegia
  • functional electrical stimulation
  • FES

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