A pilot study epublished on October 9 found Minnetonka, MN-based Neurotech North America’s neuromuscular electro-stimulation device is feasible for home use and, when added to progressive resistance training (PRT), improves fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) compared with those who do PRT alone.
Investigators randomized 37 people with MS who used a walking aid to 12 weeks of home PRT or home PRT augmented with use of the Kneehab XP device, which delivers electrical stimulation to the quadriceps. Researchers tested participants before and after the program for measures including MS impact, leg strength and endurance, balance, fatigue, and device usability.
Results, published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, showed fatigue was the only outcome measure that significantly improved in the device-using group compared with the PRT-alone group. Both groups had significant improvements in quadriceps endurance and physical impact of MS, and those in the Kneehab group rated the device highly usable.