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    Electrical Stimulators & FES

    Hi I have a 4yr old son who has an incomplete T12 since an RTA in Feb 06. I have heard alot about FES and electrical stimulators as ways of increasing movement, strenght and feeling. At the moment I am have being waiting 4 months for my son's wheelchair and stander and so the only way I will have access to other equipment is to fund it privately. I want to find out as much as I can before I part with my money.

    I have read about Electrical stimulators in the US which claim a spinal cord injury breakthrough http://www.neurocare.com/cs5-1.html. It cost €2,000 but want to know if anyone has used this equipment or something similar.

    Can anyone advise me.

    #2
    Originally posted by soimumireland
    Hi I have a 4yr old son who has an incomplete T12 since an RTA in Feb 06. I have heard alot about FES and electrical stimulators as ways of increasing movement, strenght and feeling. At the moment I am have being waiting 4 months for my son's wheelchair and stander and so the only way I will have access to other equipment is to fund it privately. I want to find out as much as I can before I part with my money.

    I have read about Electrical stimulators in the US which claim a spinal cord injury breakthrough http://www.neurocare.com/cs5-1.html. It cost €2,000 but want to know if anyone has used this equipment or something similar.

    Can anyone advise me.
    Estim and FES are not cures for spinal cord injury!! I have estimed for years, all it can do is keep you toned and help prevent muscle atrophy.
    ^^(A)^^

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      #3
      I wouldn't blow 2,000 on that machine. He's only 4 years old, I don't think he would be able to even handle e-stim if its painful to him. Its quite painful to me in some areas.

      I still do recommend e-stimming to keep his muscles from atrophy. Also it might wake up some other muscles as well. I have had alot of return since e-stimming but I don't know if it was e-stim or the exercise or a combination of both. I do know that it kept my muscles from disspearing though and that is very important.

      Gooodluck.

      You might want to ask his PT if he has one, what type of e-stim they recommend and also ask them to try it out on your son. If he is unable to tolerate the pain you might have to try a different e-stim unit/pad placement.

      I use this unit:
      http://www.directdme.com/pposcripts/...roductid=16700



      Was around $800, runs on a 9v battery can go up to 100 millampheres which is more than enough to give me a nice contraction. Also i've gotten several electrical burns from this unit, so it is powerful and you should ask your PT about using it.
      Last edited by mr_coffee; 12 Aug 2006, 12:32 PM.
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        #4
        E-stim doesn't work for a lot of lower level injuries. It doesn't work for me. See if a therapist will try one onyour son before you buy anything. Mike
        T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003

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          #5
          We are now buying a FES from Cyclone. Sean is now 11 and had a 2 week trial on a FES bike in the summer which went very well. It is interesting on how things change in 2006 FES was not even been considered in the rehab hospital in Ireland - the NRH. 2008 the NRH would only offer it to adults. 2012 - Sean is one of the first children to trial it in there and he only got the trail because we had already got him tested privately.

          The FES determines when his muscles have had fatigued and switches off after 17 minutes. One thing we did see during the trial - Sean had a large nasty bruise on his leg from playing basketball and after 5 days the bruise had improved drastically.

          Of course, the FES is only as good as how regularly you use it - so we will let you know how we get on fitting it into our routine.

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            #6
            Originally posted by soimumireland View Post
            We are now buying a FES from Cyclone. Sean is now 11 and had a 2 week trial on a FES bike in the summer which went very well. It is interesting on how things change in 2006 FES was not even been considered in the rehab hospital in Ireland - the NRH. 2008 the NRH would only offer it to adults. 2012 - Sean is one of the first children to trial it in there and he only got the trail because we had already got him tested privately.

            The FES determines when his muscles have had fatigued and switches off after 17 minutes. One thing we did see during the trial - Sean had a large nasty bruise on his leg from playing basketball and after 5 days the bruise had improved drastically.

            Of course, the FES is only as good as how regularly you use it - so we will let you know how we get on fitting it into our routine.
            Good luck, I used it during my rehab in Glasgow and it was good. After I was discharged Stuart Dunne from Cyclone came up to my house with a demonstrator bike which was gret but I could not afford the €13,000 price tag for the system.
            EC

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