Presentation Date

Summer 2016


In an outpatient clinic for adults, the OT frequently works with clients diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Personalized interventions that include stretching and strengthening to maintain UE function are typically used for this clientele within this setting. The OT has seen results with UE stretching and strengthening but is curious to know if there are any other interventions that can be used with his MS patients in order to maintain function. The therapist has looked into a new intervention of functional electrical stimulation. FMES is an emerging intervention that is being used to strengthen muscles through electrical impulses. Repetitive muscle contractions are then elicited through the use of these impulses. The OT wants to know the efficacy of routine use of functional muscular stimulation for the MS client compared to a program of light stretching and strengthening.