About the Speaker

Associate Professor Peter Lim

Senior Consultant
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Singapore General Hospital

Dr Peter Lim is senior consultant rehabilitation physician and former founding head of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Singapore General Hospital. Dr Lim did his postgraduate medical training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago and is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Dr Lim played a major role in the development of Rehabilitation Medicine as a medical specialty in Singapore, and has been involved for many years with rehabilitation physician training in the US, Malaysia, and other countries in the region. He is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Advisory Board Member for the Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine, and peer reviewer for various medical journals. His academic appointments include Clinical Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston and Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. He is Group Chief Risk Officer for SingHealth, in charge of Enterprise Risk Management within the healthcare cluster.                        


Track 5: Technology and Imaging in Rehabilitation 
Electricial Stimulation in Spinal Cord Injuries: Stimulators for Lung, COntinence and Motor Function
Date  :  Thursday, 7 September 2017
Time  :  1530
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :   Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) is an intervention that has been used from the beginnings of Rehabilitation Medicine. Electrical currents are applied either directly onto muscles or via intact peripheral nerves to activate contractions and move the paralysed muscles. This rehabilitation modality has evolved with distinct purposes and goals including therapeutic for exercise to maintain cardiovascular conditioning, avoid muscle atrophy, osteoporosis, and improve peripheral circulation. It may be used to produce or augment respiratory, bowel, bladder, upper and lower limb muscle contractions for functional activities. Exogenously applied weak electrical fields have also been studied for facilitating and encouraging regeneration of damaged neurological tissues. A review of the currently available commercial devices using electrical stimulation for functional purposes will be discussed.