Energy cost and physiological reactions to effort during activation of paraplegics by functional electrical stimulation

E. Isakov, J. Mizrahi, D. Graupe

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Abstract

In this study, the aim was to evaluate the influence on the cardiopulmonary system of muscular contractions of the paralyzed limbs in paraplegia, activated by FES during treatment, and the energy cost of standing and walking while using FES as an orthotic aid. Three traumatic spastic paraplegics were selected for the measurements. At the end of a 6 month training program heart rate and oxygen consumption of the patients were evaluated as follows: at rest; following 30 minutes of FES in the sitting position; following 15 minutes of standing; and duration ambulation. Lactic acid level during maximal effort was evaluated as well. The results indicated a low energy cost of FES in the sitting position and during usage of FES as an orthotic device for standing, confirming the beneficial effect of FES for spastic paraplegics. However, effort invested during ambulation by means of FES was found exhaustive and FES is therefore advisable for young subjects mainly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume17
Issue numberSUPPL. 12
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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