Electrical stimulation is the use of electrical current across the skin to activate a nerve or muscle. The electrical current is conducted through the skin with the use of electrode pads. Electrical stimulation can be used on the upper and lower extremities. Currently Medical Support Services, Inc. has three types of electrical stimulation. These include: TENS, NMES, and biofeedback. Since the electrical stimulation units are portable, it is possible to use the stimulation during functional tasks.
Candidates for referral may include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Peripheral nerve injuries
Spasticity or increased muscle tone
Disuse atrophy or muscle weakness