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Can electrical current therapy help stave off muscle atrophy for a short period of time?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Yes

I will sometimes use electrical stimulation therapy to help strengthen muscles usually as a part of physical therapy.
For instance after an acl tear and repair in the knee, there is often significant atrophy of the quadriceps muscle. Estim helps a great deal. In persons with spinal cord injury, electrical stimulation uses chronically can help with atrophy.

In brief: Yes

I will sometimes use electrical stimulation therapy to help strengthen muscles usually as a part of physical therapy.
For instance after an acl tear and repair in the knee, there is often significant atrophy of the quadriceps muscle. Estim helps a great deal. In persons with spinal cord injury, electrical stimulation uses chronically can help with atrophy.
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