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Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation (e-stim) uses electrodes applied to the skin over specific muscle groups to deliver a current that can stimulate a muscle contraction. At a different frequency, e-stim can be used to stimulate pathways to alter pain perception.  The skin must be shaved in order to use e-stim on animals, so it is most often used immediately after surgery to manage pain or prevent muscle wasting (atrophy).

Once an animal is able to bear weight on an affected area, the natural contractions of the muscles in movement are far stronger than any that can be generated by e-etim so there is no longer a need to continue electrical stimulation beyond that time.

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