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Functional Electrical Stimulation

Table 20 FES Post-SCI Pain

Author Year

Country
PEDro Score
Research Design
Total Sample Size

MethodsOutcome
Wilbanks et al. 2016

USA

Pre-Post

N=10

Population: Mean age=47.0±12.0 yr; Gender: males=8, females=2; Time since injury=18.0±14.0 yr; Level of injury: all T; Severity of injury: AIS A=5, B=2, C=3, D=0; Type of pain=musculoskeletal.

Intervention: Participants engaged in 30 min of functional electrical stimulation (FES) rowing 3 days/wk for 6 wks for a total of 18 sessions.

Outcome Measures: VO2peak (FES-rowing and UBE conditions), distance rowed, arm power output, wheelchair user shoulder pain index (WUSPI), body composition, body weight, thigh lean mass, upper extremity strength, muscle activity, quality of life (QOL-SCI), participation (LIFE-H), and qualitative exit interview.

1.     Significantly reduced WUSPI scores (p=0.002).

Discussion

One pre-post trial found 30 minutes of FES rowing over 6 weeks resulted in significant reduction shoulder related pain post SCI.

Conclusion

There is limited level 4 evidence (Wilbanks et al. 2016) that FES improves shoulder pain post SCI.

FES may improve musculoskeletal shoulder pain post SCI