FES for upper limb application
Upper motor neuron lesions can impact the function of upper limbs as well as lower limbs consequently FES can be used to support those for whom this is applicable. Most commonly FES for upper limb application has been used for stroke patients who require assistance with motor control and those who suffer frequent shoulder subluxation. Working in the same way as to lower limb applicated FES devices electrodes are placed upon the targeted nerves.
What are the indications for use of a FES device for upper limbs?
There are many indications for using a FES device for upper limb application. These include:
- Shoulder pain
- Weakness in the arm muscles
- Shoulder girdle instability
- Spasticity of the arm
- Reduced movement of the arm
If you are unsure if a FES device for upper limb application would be suitable for you please contact us to discuss.
What conditions are FES devices often used for?
FES devices for upper limb application are often used for the following conditions:
- Shoulder subluxation
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Incomplete spinal cord injury
This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for a FES device please contact us to discuss.
What are the benefits of FES device for upper limb application?
There are many benefits that come from using a FES device for the upper limbs. These include:
- Increased strength within muscles
- Increased stability of shoulder joint
- Increased range of motion
- Reduced spasticity
- Reduce pain
- Improve proprioception and sensory awareness
There are many benefits using an FES device to find out more please contact us to discuss.
What types of FES devices for upper limb application are available?
Types of FES devices that may be used for upper limb application include:
- Odstock Two Channel Stimulator (O2CHS)
- Microstim 2V2