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First-of-its-kind study shows benefits of electrical stimulation therapy for people paralyzed by spinal cord injury
Date:2/17/2011

study is that the research team could not get all participants to take part in a six-month follow-up assessment. However, six individuals who received FES therapy were assessed six months after the study. All had better hand function after six months than on the day they were discharged from the study.

Another study, now underway, will determine whether stimulation therapy can improve grasping ability in people with chronic (long-term) incomplete spinal cord injuries.

Administering stimulation therapy is easy and cost-effective, says Dr. Popovic, who stresses that it should augment, and not replace, existing occupational therapy.


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Contact: Carolyn Lovas
lovas.carolyn@torontorehab.on.ca
416-320-0147
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
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