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Electrical stimulation for hip stability

Has your child got weakness in their hips?

Can they only walk for short periods, are unsteady and have their toes facing outwards?

If they do then we have found FES to really help improve these typical symptoms.

Weakness in the muscles that stabilise the hips is a really common area for improvement in most of the children that we treat.

With the correct clinical judgement alongside solid scientific research we are now using electrical stimulation on the hip stabilising muscles to improve the walking ability of many children.

Below are a couple of videos of one star this week Christian who has responded brilliantly to this treatment option.

Watch his left leg in both videos and see if you can see the difference?!

The equipment that we use is also a possibility for home use with many of our current families investing.

This is a piece of equipment that can be used to stabilise the hips, pick the toes up, straighten your leg or arm and open your hands amongst other things.

If you are interested or would like to know more then please do not hesitate to email one of us and ask more questions!

Well done too to Christian, keep up the amazing work :)

About the Author

Neil’s first university degree was Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex. Since the early stages of his degree Neil realised his passion for Physiotherapy and consequently studied for his Physiotherapy Masters Degree. Neil has spent a period of time at a Child Development Centre where he visited local specialised schools and worked within their clinics for children with complex needs. This gave him experience of working with a variety of children who all presented with different neurological and musculoskeletal problems. Now as a Physiotherapist at Kids Physio Works, Neil is interested in the Bobath and Therasuit approaches in paediatrics. Neil is also the FES lead therapist at Kids Physio Works.