Functional Electrical Stimulation:
Opportunities In Clinical Application For Correction Of Drop-Foot
Electrical stimulation has been sporadically used in the treatment of hemiplegia. Reported benefits include decreasing spasticity, providing a supplementary means for range of motion exercises, increasing strength, increasing speed of walking and improving local blood flow in a paretic or paralyzed limb. Some studies have also shown functional gains in the hemiplegic lower limb following treatment with electrical stimulation. The device proved to be easy to use in the home, giving the patient microprocessor-controlled therapeutic and patterned functional electrical stimulation.