Neurotherapeutic and neuroprosthetic effects of implanted functional electrical stimulation for ambulation after incomplete spinal cord injury.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Spinal cord injuries (Care and treatment)
Brain stimulation (Methods)
Ambulatory medical care (Research)
Veterans (Care and treatment)
Author: Bailey, Stephanie Nogan
Pub Date: 01/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711
Issue: Date: Jan, 2010 Source Volume: 47 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Product: Product Code: E198380 Veterans
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 227279583

Approximately 100,000 veterans have spinal cord injury (SCI), with an ever increasing number exhibiting incomplete versus complete paralysis. This single-subject study quantified both the therapeutic effects of incorporating an implanted functional electrical stimulation (FES) system into a gait rehabilitation program for an individual with chronic incomplete SCI and the prosthetic effects of using FES interactively during walking. Overground gait training with the implanted FES system significantly improved volitional function over baseline prerehabilitation values. Significant additional improvements to ambulatory function over maximal voluntary function were made possible by continued FES assistance throughout the gait cycle.

Stephanie Nogan Bailey, BSE, et al.
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