3rd June 2008 - New research

functional electrical stimulation (FES)

Neuromodulation [2008] 11 (2) : 143-149 (G.E.Mann, S.M.Finn, P.N.Taylor) Complete abstract

The use of electrical impulses to stimulate weak or paralyzed muscles, called Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), is often used to help stroke or multiple sclerosis patients to walk. For more information go to Functional electrical stimulation. Many people with Parkinsonís are prone to tripping and falling because they have difficulty picking up their feet consistently. They also can have difficulty with  starting and maintaining walking. This study aimed to investigate the effect of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) on walking ability in people with Parkinson's disease. People with idiopathic Parkinson's disease received electrical stimulation for eight weeks to the common peroneal nerve to improve heel strike and provide sensory stimulus during walking. An immediate improvement was demonstrated with FES on distance and average stride length during a short walk during the treatment period, but not on the number of steps and walking speed during a longer walk. A training effect was observed for all measures of walking ability. Fewer falls and episodes of freezing occurred during the treatment period. The number of falls returned to pre-treatment levels when treatment was stopped.



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