Feasibility and Safety of Applying the Functional Electrical Stimulation to Child with Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy: A Case Report

FANUSCU A., BULUT N., Yagcioglu G. A., GÜRBÜZ İ., Yilmaz O. T., Karaduman A.

PHYSICAL & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN PEDIATRICS, vol.42, no.6, pp.680-689, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01942638.2022.2068991
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, MEDLINE, SportDiscus
  • Page Numbers: pp.680-689
  • Keywords: Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, electrical stimulation, electromyography, rehabilitation, WALK TEST, RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, STRENGTH, STROKE
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Aims This study aims to investigate the feasibility and safety of short-term functional electrical stimulation (FES) training of the quadriceps femoris muscles in a child with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Methods A 7-year-old child with FSHD received treatment due to a decrease in functional performance and difficulty climbing stairs. The child was followed up with a home-based exercise program. FES was applied twice a week during stair climbing for six weeks. Muscle activation of the quadriceps femoris was measured using superficial electromyography, muscle strength was measured with a hand-held dynamometer, and functional performance was assessed with the 6-Minute Walk and the Stair Climb Tests before and after the treatment period. Results At the end of the treatment, there was an improvement in muscle activation. While muscle strength increased in the quadriceps femoris muscle of the non-dominant side, it remained constant on the dominant side. Functional performance test results also improved. Conclusions FES was a feasible and safe tool to use in our case, a child with FSHD.