Neurorehabilitation of gait impairment us­­ing functional electrical stimulation –  cur­rent findings from randomized clinical trials

Authors: K. Novotná 1,2;  J. Jeníček 3;  M. Janatová 3,4;  E. Kubala;  Havrdová 1;  Y. Angerová 3
Authors‘ workplace: Neurologická klinika a Centrum klinických neurověd, 1. LF UK a VFN v Praze 1;  MS rehab z. s. 3 Klinika rehabilitačního lékařství 1. LF UK a VFN v Praze 2;  Společné pracoviště biomedicínského inženýrství FBMI a ČVUT a 1. LF UK, Praha 4
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2019; 82(6): 621-626
Category: Review Article


The review article sum­marizes results from studies with functional electrical stimulation (FES) in neurorehabilitation. In neurorehabilitation, FES is used mostly for therapeutic improvement of the sw­­ing phase of the gait cycle by stimulation of dorsal flexor muscles. For this review article, 510 papers were screened and 42 papers were eligible for a more detailed analysis. Based on the available studies, it seems that FES may constitute an enrichment of traditional therapeutic practice (such as exercise based on neurophysiological principles, gait and balance training). In some patients, FES may result in improved functional status rather than conventional ther­apy.

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.


Multiple sclerosis – stroke – neurorehabilitation – Functional electrical stimulation – gait


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