Because there are very few rehabilitation options available for people with arm paralysis from, e.g., spinal cord injury, there has never been a way to assess their functional ability. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a way to restore functional movements to these individuals by applying small amounts of electricity to muscles in the arm. This article details the creation of a list of tasks feasible for someone using an FES system in one arm that can be used to evaluate this and other rehabilitation interventions. The selected tasks are touching the face, drinking from a mug with a straw, eating with fingers from a plate, retrieving an object from a countertop, and pressing an elevator button. These five tasks are important by themselves, but were also selected because they represent many more important activities of daily living.
Volume 49 Number 3, 2012
Pages 395 — 404
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