The pilot study of effect of outpatient functional electrical stimulation of peroneal nerve

Authors: J. Jeníček 1,2;  Z. Drábová 1;  M. Janatová 1,3;  M. Vítězník 3;  O. Švestková 1
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika rehabilitačního lékařství 1. LF UK a VFN v Praze 1;  Fakulta tělesné výchovy a sportu, UK v Praze 2;  Společné pracoviště biomedicínského inženýrství FBMI ČVUT a 1. LF UK, Praha 3
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2018; 81(1): 81-85
Category: Short Communication


The aim of this pilot study was to verify therapeutical effect of periodical functional electrical stimulation of peroneal nerve during 4 weeks of intensive outpatient therapy on speed and performance of gait in post-stroke patients, suffering from spastic leg paresis.

14 subjects were enrolled into this pilot study (10 male, 4 female), aged 54,4 ± 9,4. The subjects were selected from patients suffering from chronic phase of stroke, spactic leg paresis and drop foot syndrome. Functional electrical stimulation was performed in total for 4 weeks (5 days weekly) as intensive ambulatory gait training with WalkAide neurostimulator. Emory Functional Ambulation Profile and Two Minute Walk Test were performed for evaluation of changes in speed of gait on different terrains and changes in the walking performance, respectively.

In this pilot study, average improvement of Emory Functional Ambulation Profile score of 11% was observed as well as average improvement of Two Minute Walk Test of 9%.

Positive therapeutic effect of periodical ambulatory functional electrical stimulation of peroneal nerve on gait speed and gait performance in post-stroke patients was observed in this limited pilot study. Further research, including randomized controlled study featuring larger data sample, is needed to show significant evidence of the observed effect.

Key words:
functional electrical stimulation – stroke – spastic paresis – neurorehabilitation

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.

Chinese summary - 摘要





14名受试者参加了这项试点研究(10名男性,4名女性),年龄为54.4±9.4岁。 这些受试者选自慢性中风期,痉挛性腿部轻瘫和跌脚综合症的患者。 使用WalkAide神经刺激器进行功能性电刺激总共4周(每周5天)作为强化步态训练。 Emory功能性步行剖面和两分钟步行测试分别用于评估不同地形上的步态速度变化和步行性能变化。




在这项有限的试点研究中观察到周期性步态功能性电刺激腓神经对步行速度和卒中后患者步态表现的积极治疗作用。 需要进一步包括以更大数据样本为特征的随机对照的研究,以展示观察到的效应的重要证据。


功能性电刺激 - 中风 - 痉挛性麻痹 - 神经修复


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