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    FES Bike

    Does anyone use an FES bike at home? We are hoping insurance will approve for you newly quad 16 yr old son Connor. He had his accident 8/23/18 C4 complete, but has biceps, shoulders and wrists seem to be coming in. Also has trace triceps that we are hoping for. Any suggestions on starting exercising? He hates therabands so we bought wrist weights. Still very weak, but working it! Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    PS- We are in Houston, Tx if there is anyone nearby!

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    What is his insurance? Workers' comp may pay for this, but most health insurances does not. Often there are used ones for sale on-line here and at other venues, so if you are going to private pay, you should start with a search of our "Equipment & Services" forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dee1843 View Post
    Does anyone use an FES bike at home? We are hoping insurance will approve for you newly quad 16 yr old son Connor. He had his accident 8/23/18 C4 complete, but has biceps, shoulders and wrists seem to be coming in. Also has trace triceps that we are hoping for. Any suggestions on starting exercising? He hates therabands so we bought wrist weights. Still very weak, but working it! Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    PS- We are in Houston, Tx if there is anyone nearby!
    I strongly recommend reading Sam Maddox's First 90 Days book (https://scifirst90days.com/). It has a section on exercise and talks about FES bikes. Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation also talks about FES bikes (https://www.christopherreeve.org/liv...al-stimulation).

    Another good resource would be reading John McDonald's paper from 2002 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12296690). It describes the benefits gained by a C2 complete quad who participated in an activity-based therapy program that consisted of: FES cycling at home, supplemental stimulation of the arms and core, stretching, and pool therapy.

    If you'd like to know more about FES bikes and how to make the most of them, ask away!
    Co-founder & CTO of MYOLYN - FES Technology for People with Paralysis - Empowering People to Move

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    I have (and regularly use) a Myolyn FES bike. Setup was a piece of cake, support has been excellent and it has made a real difference in my quality of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annev308 View Post
    I have (and regularly use) a Myolyn FES bike. Setup was a piece of cake, support has been excellent and it has made a real difference in my quality of life.
    Good to hear! How much was your Myolyn?

    Potential buyers of used RT equipment should be aware that Restorative Therapy charges ~$5000 to re-register the bike with them, which enables you to get customer/technical support. Without the Home User Service Plan contract, should the bike require service -- or even if you need a replacement part -- you will be SOL.

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