Electrical stimulation of denervated muscles: First results of a clinical study

Michaela Mödlin, Claudia Forstner, Christian Hofer, Winfried Mayr, Wolfgang Richter, Ugo Carraro, Feliciano Protasi, Helmut Kern

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To evaluate the effects of electrical stimulation on denervated muscles in spinal cord injured humans, the EU Project RISE was started in 2001. The aims of this project are: to design and build sufficient stimulators; to develop stimulation protocols by means of mathematical models, animal experiments, and practice in humans with denervated lower limbs; to develop examination methods and devices for evaluation of electrical stimulation training effects; and to acquire basic scientific knowledge on denervated and stimulated denervated muscle. In the clinical study 27 spinal cord injured individuals were included, furthermore 13 pilot patients participated. After a series of initial examinations they underwent an electrical stimulation program for their denervated lower limb muscles. Some of the patients have already follow up examinations. A marked increase of muscle mass and quality was observed, the trophic situation of the denervated lower limbs had improved obviously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-206
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial Organs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • Computerized tomography scan
  • Denervated muscle
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Force measurement
  • Human
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics


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