Pressure ulcers (PUs) are the most prevalent secondary
complications in individuals with spinal cord
injury (SCI). An active way to prevent PUs might
be muscle activation using electrical stimulation
(ES), which has been found to improve both interface
pressure distribution and intrinsic risk factors.
ES applied to the gluteal and hamstring muscles in a
custom-made garment with built-in electrodes gives
significant pressure relief of the ischial tuberosities
even after 3 h of activation in individuals with SCI.
Participants scored the usability of the ES shorts as
satisfactory, and all stated they would wear them daily
should they help prevent PUs.
Volume 50 Number 7, 2013
Pages 1035 — 1046
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