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    Effects of quadriceps and anterior tibial muscles electrical stimulation on the feet

    Spinal Cord advance online publication 18 May 2010; doi: 10.1038/sc.2010.50

    Effects of quadriceps and anterior tibial muscles electrical stimulation on the feet and ankles of patients with spinal cord injuries
    C K Bittar1 and A Cliquet Jr1,2

    1Orthopaedics Department, Faculty of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil
    2Department of Electrical Engineering, University of São Paulo (USP), São Carlos, Brazil
    Correspondence: Dr CK Bittar and Professor Dr A Cliquet Jr, Department of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, São Paulo 13020-081, Brazil. E-mails: ckbit@uol.com.br or cliquet@fcm.unicamp.br

    Received 24 February 2010; Revised 8 April 2010; Accepted 8 April 2010; Published online 18 May 2010.



    Study design:

    Controlled clinical test.

    Objectives:

    The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of quadriceps and anterior tibial muscles electrical stimulation on the feet and ankles of patients with spinal cord injuries and to compare them with able-bodied individuals and a group of patients who did not undergo neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

    Setting:

    This study was conducted at the Hospital das Cl*nicas of Unicamp, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

    Methods:

    Between January and April 2008, 30 patients at the spinal cord injury ambulatory clinic who underwent NMES (group A) were submitted to a clinical and radiographic assessment of their feet and ankles and compared with a spinal cord injury group (group B) who did not undergo NMES and a group of able-bodied individuals (group C). The Kruskal–Wallis test was used to compare all the three groups, and between-group differences (P<0.05) were investigated with the Mann–Whitney test.

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    Thanks Manouli
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