Electrical stimulation of the lumbrical muscles in an incomplete quadriplegic patient: case report

Paraplegia. 1992 Mar;30(3):223-6. doi: 10.1038/sc.1992.60.


The increasing number of incomplete cervical spinal cord injuries means that more attention needs to be focused on the rehabilitation of the incomplete quadriplegic hand. A case study, describing the application of electrical stimulation for strengthening the paretic lumbrical muscles, is presented. A 2 week strengthening program resulted in a 33% increase in the force produced by the lumbrical muscles. No loss of strength had occurred 4 weeks after cessation of the treatment. The magnitude and speed of this result should be of interest to those clinicians who seek to maximise patient independence in minimal time.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy*
  • Finger Joint / physiopathology
  • Fingers / physiopathology
  • Hand* / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metacarpophalangeal Joint / physiopathology
  • Muscles* / physiopathology
  • Pressure
  • Quadriplegia / physiopathology
  • Quadriplegia / rehabilitation*
  • Range of Motion, Articular