Electrical stimulation of regenerating nerve and its effect on motor recovery

Brain Res. 1983 Aug 1;272(1):21-5. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(83)90360-8.


The rate of recovery of motor function, after axonotmesis of the motor nerve innervating the soleus muscle in the rabbit, was evaluated. In a chronic study over a period of 4 weeks, contraction parameters and muscle action potentials were recorded. A group of rabbits, whose soleus nerves were stimulated with 4 pps for 24 h daily, was compared with a control group. The electrically stimulated animals showed a faster improvement in motor function and reached their initial values a week earlier than the controls. Electrical stimulation proved to have a positive effect on the regeneration and motor recovery of nerves.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Axons / physiology
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Electromyography
  • Motor Neurons / physiology*
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Muscles / innervation*
  • Nerve Regeneration*
  • Rabbits
  • Tibial Nerve / physiology