National Spinal Cord Injury Association Resource Center

Factsheet #9:
Functional Electrical Stimulation, Clinical Applications in Spinal Cord Injury


What is FES? How can FES help me? Will FES help me walk again? These are just a few of the questions that are frequently asked by our Hotline callers.

The term Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) can be applied to a wide variety of research and treatment approaches. This Factsheet describes the various kinds of FES systems being used and researched today. It is intended to educate our constituents about available FES rehabilitation treatments that might prove beneficial in improving physical function after a SCI.

Other topics in this fact sheet include:

  • What Is Functional Electrical Stimulation?
  • Motor Control
  • FES for Walking
  • FES For Upper Extremity Function
  • Factors to Consider
  • Urinary Function
  • Electro-ejaculation
  • Exercise\Motor Therapies
  • Suggested Readings

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NSCIA would like to thank Jeanne O'Malley Teeter, Philip Arnold and Janeen Earwood for contributing their time and expertise in the preparation of this Factsheet. This Factsheet is offered as an information service only and is not intended to cover all programs, treatments or research in the field, nor is it an endorsement of the methods mentioned herein. Any information you may have to offer to further update this Factsheet would be greatly appreciated. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association Resource Center (NSCIRC) provides information and referral on any subject related to spinal cord injury. Contact the resource center at 1-800-962-9629.


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