Global Functional Electrical Stimulation Market To Grow At A CAGR Of 4.15%

07-Dec-2022 | Zion Market Research

The global functional electrical stimulation market size was worth around USD 600 million in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 830 million by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 4.15% between 2022 and 2030.

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is the use of small and controlled electric pulses in order to activate targeted muscles and nerves. These impulses then aid the movement in the otherwise nonmobile body part or desired functions like contracting muscles to grab keys or movement of arms. In certain medical conditions, FES is also used to block any kind of pain signals to restore or improve bodily functions like bladder control or bowel movement. The treatment technique has origins in the USA and was initially used for patients who suffered from stroke leading to paralysis. The output of the medical treatment was positive and the research community began studies for its application in finger movement and foot drop. Currently, FES is being thoroughly researched to investigate if FES can be applied for food swallowing and breathing problems related to pulmonary diseases.

The general structure of an FES device comprises a control box coupled with battery and electrodes. In case of assistant foot drop, the device has to be worn in a cuff below the knee after which the electrodes stimulate the nerve connected to the muscles that aid lifting of the front of the foot. At the precise moment in the patient's gait, when the foot is almost about to lift up and swing forward, the device will stimulate the nerve that aids this movement.

Once the foot hits the ground again, the stimulation will stop. With the same general concept, the device aids the movement in other body parts as well. FES technology has been widely used in many paralytic or cases of restricted movement. It has allowed healthcare professionals to provide the best of medical care to patients who have been facing difficulties in living a quality life owing to immobility in certain body parts. Some of the most common applications of FES involve treatment in spinal cord injury, stroke and upper limb recovery, drop foot, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy.

Covid-19 is reported to have some impact on the global market cap. Intensive research was conducted by many research facilities to understand if there was a relationship between Covid-19 patients and loss of mobility in body parts. A few of the researchers concluded that Covid-19 resulted in psychiatric impact on the patients, one of them being trauma which is one of the most common causes that results in restricted body movement. However, more research is still needed to find a conclusive answer to the correlation between the virus and loss of mobility.

The global functional electrical stimulation market is anticipated to grow owing to the increasing number of neurological disorders across the globe which affect the peripheral and central nervous system. Neurological diseases impact nerve roots, brain, spinal cord, autonomic nervous system, peripheral nervous system, muscles, and neuromuscular junctions.

These disorders include issues like Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, dementia, cerebrovascular diseases like multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and other traumatic disorders. As per a 2020 report submitted by the National Library of Medicine, more than 2.8 million of the world’s population lives with multiple sclerosis (MS), which is about 35.9 per 100000 population. Other diseases that negatively impact body mobility are also on the rise owing to various reasons which are anticipated to aid global market expansion.

The risks associated with FES may restrict global market cap expansion. The growing research in FES to provide global market expansion opportunities. The high cost of FES treatment is projected to challenge the market expansion.

Global Functional Electrical Stimulation Market

The global functional electrical stimulation market is segmented based on product type, indication, end-user, and region.

Based on product type, the global market is segmented into wireless devices and wired devices. Due to various risks associated with wired devices, the healthcare community is moving towards wireless devices to enhance the treatment experience. However, currently, the global market is dominated by the wired segment owing to the relatively lesser cost of treatment. The implanted electrodes carry an electric charge of 25mA.

By indication, the global market segments are pain management, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, and others. Neurological disorders generate high revenue in the global market share owing to increasing cases of learning disabilities, epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy. As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA, more than 3.4 million people were reported to be diagnosed with epilepsy in the year 2015

By end-user, the global market segments are ambulatory health services, hospitals, and clinics. The highest revenue is generated from the hospitals segment owing to increased patient admission and repeated appointments. As per reports from World Health Organization, more than 1 billion of the world’s population shows signs of neurological disorders that need extensive medical care

North America is projected to generate the highest revenue in the global functional electrical stimulation market aided by the increasing hospital admissions for stroke-related cases as well as a rise in neurological diseases. The regional growth may also be driven by various strategic moves adopted by manufacturers of FES devices in order to expand their global footprint and an increase in the number of US Food and Drugs Administration approval for these devices. Obesity rates as high as 42.4% in 2018 may also deliver positive results for growth in North America.

Europe is also projected to grow significantly during the forecast period, majorly driven by countries like Hungary and Poland where the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders is very high. In Poland over 6737 per 100000 and in Hungary over 6697 per 100000 people are affected by musculoskeletal disorders.

Functional Electrical Stimulation Market: Competitive Analysis

The global functional electrical stimulation market is driven by players like Trulife, Hobbs Rehabilitation, Otto Bock, Odstock Medical Limited, Bioness Inc., HASOMED GmbH, and MotoMed

Recent Development:

  • In March 2020, FDA approved L100 Go System by Bioness Inc. The product will aid the treatment of ankle dorsiflexion in adults suffering from foot drop or muscle weakness that is related to upper motor neuron injury or diseases like stroke or spinal cord pathway damage
  • In September 2021, the US FDA approved the Medline DeNevo 4Pro Electrical stimulation device created by Medline Industries. The product will be used for muscle stimulation in case of patients suffering from chronic pain. It will also be used to treat urinary incontinence, muscle training and strengthening.

This review is based on a report by Zion Market Research, titled Functional Electrical Stimulation Market By Indication (Pain Management, Neurological Disorders, Musculoskeletal Disorders, and Others), By Product Type (Wireless Devices, and Wired Devices), By End-User (Ambulatory Health Clinics, Hospitals, and Clinics), and By Region - Global and Regional Industry Overview, Market Intelligence, Comprehensive Analysis, Historical Data, and Forecasts 2022 – 2030.”- Report at

The global functional electrical stimulation market is segmented as follows:

By Indication

  • Pain Management
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Others

By Product Type

  • Wireless Devices
  • Wired Devices

By End-Use

  • Ambulatory Health Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics

By Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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