FES Bike

GETTING A WORKOUT – A FOX 61 photographer captures the action as patient Corey Lee, a quadriplegic, exercises with the RT300 FES cycle. Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the few centers in Connecticut with this advanced technology, which allows patients with limited mobility to maintain their physical condition. Photo by Joe Driscoll  

Mount Sinai’s next generation functional electrical stimulation (FES) bicycle is giving hope to paralyzed patients like Corey Lee that they may someday regain some of their lost mobility. The RT300 cycle represents the next generation of this technology, which opens up new possibilities for Mr. Lee, a quadriplegic, who was injured in a diving accident. “Corey is in a power wheelchair or a bed most of the time, but when he’s here to ride the bike, he’s flying high when he’s done with the session because of the ability to physically move,” observes Cindy Griffith, P.T., Mount Sinai’s Manager of Outpatient Programs.

The state-of-the-art bike, one of only a few in Connecticut, stimulates the muscles of the upper and lower extremities with electrical energy, facilitating neuromuscular activity to get a patient’s nerves and muscles working again.

“It reduces the risk of skin breakdown and prevents atrophy, and improves overall aerobic conditioning and exercise tolerance for the other part of a patient’s rehab program,” explains Dr. Krug.

While Mount Sinai has had previous FES bikes, this newest model can be used by both patients who have suffered strokes and those with upper extremity injuries. It has been enthusiastically embraced by patients who say that the bike gives them freedom to move that they haven’t had in a long time.

“It gives them a physical workout and also provides emotional support and motivation,” says Ms. Griffith. One of the advanced features incorporated into the RT300 is a spasm detector mode, which detects spasms as they begin to develop and adjusts the motion of the cycle to reduce the muscle contraction in its early stages.