Results from First Clinical Trials With BIONS for Neuromuscular Electrical StimulationBy Dupont, Anne-Caroline; Bagg, Stephen D.; Baker, Lucinda; Chun, Sophia; Creasy, Janet L.; Romano, Carlo; Romano, Delia; Waters, Robert L.; Wederich, Cindy L.; Richmond, Frances J.R.; Loeb, Gerald E.; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Study conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of BION wireless neuromuscular stimulators when used for therapeutic electrical stimulation. BIONs are small, self-contained, and hermetically sealed, while many can be implanted in one body area. At the time the article was written, fourteen participants had been implanted with BIONS in three studies of differing muscle conditions: (1) subacute shoulder subluxation, (2) chronic shoulder subluxation, and (3) knee osteoarthritis. Clinicians found that the BIONs were easy to implant in the two areas. The participants found that the therapy was pleasant, and had no trouble complying with their treatment. The authors contend that early quantitative results are encouraging, and that BIONs will eventually be integrated into clinical practice to treat many types of paralysis and disuse atrophy.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)