Dayna Pool, BSc Physio (Hons); A. Marie Blackmore, PhD; Natasha Bear, BSc Physio, M Biostat; Jane Valentine, MD

Evidence in support of FES utilization continues to grow.  Recent studies utilizing Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) on children with cerebral palsy have shown significant improvements in gait kinematics and muscle growth, evidence has further shown not only FES acceptance but the preference of FES over the standard of care.  1,2 
 
New findings published in the Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Effects of Short-Term Daily Community Walk Aide Use on Children With Unilateral Spastic Cerebral Palsy , Dayna Pool, BSc Physio (Hons); A. Marie Blackmore, PhD; Natasha Bear, BSc Physio, M Biostat; Jane Valentine, MD   (Pediatr Phys Ther 2014; 26:308–317) further conclude that intermittent, short-term use of FES is potentially effective for reducing impairments affecting gait in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy.
 
In comparison to pre-FES measures, the FES phase showed significant improvements in the following areas:

 

  • Ankle range of motion
  • Selective motor control and strength
  • Reductions in spasticity
  • Toe clearance
  • Fall reduction

These improvements were maintained during the post-FES phase.
 
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1 Muscle Plasticity and Ankle Control After Repetitive Use of a Functional Electrical Stimulation Device for Foot Drop in Cerebral; Damiano, Prosser, Curatalo, Alter; Neural Rehab and Neural Repair, 2012

2 Acceptability and potential effectiveness of a foot drop stimulator in and adolescents with cerebral palsy; Prosser, Curatalo, Alter, Damiano. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2012