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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Electrical Stimulation (Overview)

Electrical stimulation is sometimes used in an attempt increase muscle strength in children with cerebral palsy. The electrical stim units are often applied during sleep. There is little data to support the benefit of this approach.


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Does electrical stimulation hurt?

Does electrical stimulation hurt?

No: E stim is not like getting shocked. It can be quite tolerable and should not hurt at all. If it hurts it is being done too aggressively. ...Read more

Dr. Vikram Patel
40 doctors shared insights

Electrical Stimulation (Overview)

Electrical stimulation is sometimes used in an attempt increase muscle strength in children with cerebral palsy. The electrical stim units are often applied during sleep. There is little data to support the benefit of this approach.


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What is used for electrical stimulation?

What is used for electrical stimulation?

Elicitation of muscl: Contraction using electric impulses the impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated it has the potential to serve as: a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes; a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of electrical stimulation for an injury?

Several: This modality can increase blood flow to the injured part and can help relax muscle spasms. Electrical stimulation would also contract muscles and help prevent muscle atrophy thus helping to prevent blood clots. ...Read more

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What is the difference between electrical stimulation and interferential current?

Multiple Answers: There are many forms of electrical stim often applied in physical therapy. One of these types is called interferential current stim which uses intermediate frequency stim as opposed to tens which can cover a very wide range of frequency stimulation. Regardless, recent reviews (cochrane) have failed to show efficacy. Medicare has now stopped paying for tens. This should not be confused with scs. ...Read more

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Can electrical stimulation work for my erb's palsy?

Electrical stimulati: It certainly could and its worth a try. However this should be done by directly stimulation on the spinal cord- it probably will not work in any other area. ...Read more

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Does electrical stimulation hurt or help your muscles?

Does electrical stimulation hurt or help your muscles?

It can do both: It can stimulate a damaged muscle to make it work or it can over stimulate a musscle and damage it. ...Read more

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Electrical stimulation for constipation. Is anybody trying that?

Electrical stimulation for constipation.  Is anybody trying that?

Pilot study : I personally do not use it. Am not sure about other physicians. The study did show increased frequency of spontaneous defecations , decrease fecal soiling. ...Read more

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Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for pacemakers?

Pacemakers: Pacemakers are electronic devices and are affected by electrical and magnetic fields. Electrical stimulation devices frequently cause a near field effect which can potentially cause the pacemaker circuitry to malfunction and can cause problems. ...Read more

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Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for pregnant women?

Electric stimulation: This is based t on the possibility that the uterus may start contractions when its not supposed to. ...Read more

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Please explain why is cardiac arrthymia contraindicated for electrical stimulation?

Please explain why is cardiac arrthymia contraindicated for electrical stimulation?

Arrhythmia: You need to ask your question better. We do use electrical stimulation for brady arrhythmias and also for some tachyarrhythmias. There are situations when we wouldn't want to introduce electrical stimulation. ...Read more

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Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for seizure disorders?

Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for seizure disorders?

Not : It is not contraindicated. If you are referring to a TENS unit, they're fine. Other simulators are not necessarily contraindicated, either. ...Read more

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Electrical stimulation to promote healing in broken ankles, does this work?

Nope.: Electrical stimulation will not affect bone healing. You would need to go to a bone stimulator. They work on different physiological premises. ...Read more

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How does electrical stimulation of the heart coordinate the cardiac cycle again?

How does electrical stimulation of the heart coordinate the cardiac cycle again?

Reset own pacemaker: Assuming query is about cardioversion. There are hierarchies of pacemaker cells in the heart. Fastest one usually takes over. Normal sinus node, then av node or "junction", then purkinje or ventricular pacemakers, in that approximate order. If there is a rhythm disturbance involving a faster abnormal rhythm, an electrical pulse carefully delivered can reset, and allow the fastest normal pacer. ...Read more

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Can electrical stimulation of diffrent areas of the brain stop mental disorders?

Can electrical stimulation of diffrent areas of the brain stop mental disorders?

"Stop" = remission: Brian stimulation therapies (bst's) rely on electricity, magnets, or implants applied to the brain to treat depressive disorders and other mental disorders. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the oldest and most researched of this treatment category. The consortium for research in ECT study, found an 86% remission rate for those with severe depression. There are 3 other promising bst approaches. ...Read more

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How does electrical stimulation of the heart coordinate the overall cardiac cycle?

How does electrical stimulation of the heart coordinate the overall cardiac cycle?

Millisecond timing: The 2 atria act as reservoirs for returning blood; the 2 ventricles are the "pumpers". The 4 chambers must be coordinated with millisecond timing to maximize the amount of blood pumped (cardiac output). This is done by a network of specialized cells which are found in tracts or bundles that conduct a micro-electrical current to time motion. A gross analogy: think of the distributor in your car. ...Read more

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Can a muscle stimulator be used for electrical stimulation to the male genitals?

Can a muscle stimulator be used for electrical stimulation to the male genitals?

Not recommended: The muscles of the penis are different from the other muscles you can reach with a stimulator. They are not voluntary, skeletal muscles. They are literally governed by a different nervous system (though many people already suspected that). ...Read more

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What do you thin about electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?

What do you thin about electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?

Let me explain: When you have spinal cord compression documented by mri, the first step is to try remove the compression by surgical means if that possible. To treat the sequence of the compression you could electrical stimulation and possibly acupuncture. I hope that answer the question for you. ...Read more

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