A functional electrical stimulator (FES) uses electrical current to activate nerves in extremities affected by upper motor neuron diseases. It is often used to help manage drop foot, knee instability, wrist drop, hemiplegia, and spasticity. FES is heavily researched and has many additional proven benefits.
Conditions such as foot drop, wrist drop or knee instability as a result of multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy (CP), cerebrovascular accident (CVA, otherwise known as a “stroke”), incomplete spinal cord injury (i-SCI), and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) respond the best to FES management. Similar presentations associated with or caused by traumatic injuries are often not as successful in achieving a positive outcome with FES as the actual nerve pathway has been damaged, inhibiting the electrical impulse from properly delivering the stimulation.
At Westcoast we offer both upper and lower extremity functional electrical stimulation devices. If you are interested in learning more about this technology and whether it is right for you, please contact us to discuss or to schedule a consultation.