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Can I benefit from FES?

FES can be effective where movement has been lost due to nerve injury, disease within the brain or spinal cord. This is called an upper motor neuron lesion. 

This includes people who have:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal cord injury, T12 and above (SCI)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Head injury (HI)
  • Familial or hereditary spastic paraparesis (F or HSP)
  • Other conditions affecting the spinal cord or brain

FES can also be used in orthopaedic conditions where muscle weakness is due to disuse or inhibition.

OML's most common use of FES is for the correction of drop foot (sometimes called dropped foot or foot drop). Click for how do I receive treatment.

If you have other problems that affect your walking, other muscles can also be stimulated, for example to improve the movement of the knee or hip whilst walking.

Electrical stimulation can also be used to strengthen and re-educate the movement of other muscles for example in the hand, arm or shoulder.

Please note: FES is not suitable for lower motor neuron conditions. This is where the nerve that runs from the spinal cord to the muscle is damaged.

This is the case in conditions such as:

  • Peripheral nerve lesions,
  • Poliomyelitis (Polio), 
  • Motor neuron disease 
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

If you have any questions whether FES will work for you, call our clinical team on +44 (0)1722 439 540.