The effect of functional electrical stimulation on the physiological cost of gait in people with multiple sclerosis

Lorna Paul, Danny Rafferty, S. Young, Linda Miller, P. Mattison, Angus McFadyen

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Abstract

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is used clinically in the management of drop foot in people suffering from neurological conditions. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of FES, in terms of speed and physiological cost of gait, in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS). Twelve pwMS and 12 healthy matched controls walked at their own preferred walking speed (PWS) for 5 min around a 10 m elliptical course. Subjects with MS completed the protocol with and without using their FES. In addition, control subjects completed the protocol twice more walking at the same PWS of the pwMS to which they were matched.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-961
Number of pages8
JournalMultiple Sclerosis
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008

Keywords

  • functional electrical stimulation
  • physiology
  • multiple sclerosis
  • gait

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