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Functional Electrical Stimuation for MS patients
|People diagnosed with a long-term condition such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) often accumulate a variety of symptoms which preclude active participation in their usual activities of daily living, including their work and family roles as well as leisure and social pursuits.|
Patients describe a gradual reduction in their quality of life and consequent impact on their mood and motivation. One of the most common symptoms which impacts on people with MS is a reduction in mobility which can be related to muscle weakness, muscle spasticity, ataxia, sensory loss or a combination of these and / or other symptoms. FES is an orthotic and therapeutic intervention to improve walking and other motor functions for people who have upper motor neurone conditions. The technique produces contractions in paralysed muscles by the application of small pulses of electrical stimulation to nerves that supply the paralysed muscle.
Stimulation may be applied using skin surface electrodes or using an implanted device. For FES to be effective both the peripheral nerve and the muscle supplied by the nerve must be undamaged. For this reason FES can only be of benefit in patients with foot drop resulting from disorders of the central nervous system (brain & spinal cord), for example Stroke or Multiple Sclerosis. The benefits of FES include a reduction in effort of walking, falls and trips, reduction in spasticity and therefore has an influence in reduction of pain and use of prescription drugs and it aids functional activity promoting an improved quality of life.
Award Value: £43,076
Contact Name Jenny Thain, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust Email address firstname.lastname@example.org