Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

Welcome to the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) 101 area. Here you can read about all things related to FES from basic overviews to the progress that it has made over the years as well as current developments in the industry.

FES is a method of applying low level electrical currents to the body to restore or improve function. A heart pacemaker is one example of an FES system. Other types of FES may restore lost abilities such as standing or grasping. Also, FES may assist with some secondary problems of paralysis such as poor blood circulation or slow wound healing. When used in these ways, the treatment may simply be called electrical stimulation or ES.

Gait in individuals with chronic hemiparesis: one-year... 

Written by Laufer Y, Ring H, Sprecher E, Hausdorff JM. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:21:20 AM
PURPOSE: Foot drop is a common cause of gait impairment in individuals with hemiparesis. The objective of this study was to determine the short-term and long-term effects on functional gait of a neuroprosthesis that provides functional electrical... read more

Affected arm use and cortical change in stroke patients... 

Written by Page SJ, Harnish SM, Lamy M, Eliassen JC, Szaflarski JP. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:19:13 AM
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Conventional electrical stimulation modalities are limited by their lack of opportunities for motor learning and, consequently, their impact on function. Other rehabilitative regimens necessitate affected hand and wrist... read more

On the Move: Labs with FES technology are improving... 

Written by Judy Peck, PTA, CBIS Monday, April 5, 2010 7:47:08 AM
More than 200,000 people have a stroke each year, and millions more have multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and other conditions that impact the nervous system. The effect of these conditions on the nervous system is profound and often... read more

Wireless FES Aids Patients Post-Stroke 

Written by Ashley Campbell, PT Wednesday, January 20, 2010 6:21:30 AM
Each year about 780,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Nearly a third never regain their ability to walk independently again (American Heart Association--Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, Update 2008). One of the leading causes... read more
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