Exoskeletal-assisted Walking to Improve Mobility, Bowel Function and Cardio-Metabolic Profiles in Persons With SCI

Rehabilitation
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 1 November 2021, updated 929 days ago

About this trial

This is a rehabilitation trial enrolling individuals with spinal cord injuries to test a robotic walking assistance device (exoskeleton — ReWalk or Ekso). Researchers want to see if the exoskeleton improves mobility and other body functions, such as bowel function, metabolic factors and body composition. Participants will start with either 12 weeks of training using the exoskeleton 3 times per week, followed by 12 weeks of usual activities without the device, or the other way around (crossover).

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 70 years
Injury level
C1 - S5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    6 months - 70 years
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Ischemia

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-S5
    Additionally, participants must
    require a wheelchair to move around outside of the house.
    be able to use hands and upper extremities to hold crutches.
    have sufficient movement in hips and knees to use the exoskeleton.

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    Training 3 times per week (4-6 hours per week), for 12 weeks using the ReWalk device. The participant will be supervision during their usual activities for 12 weeks without using the ReWalk device.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    Additional benefits

    Bowel health

    General health

    Mental health and psychosocial factors

    Good to know: Potential benefits are defined as outcomes that are being measured during and/or after the trial.

    Wings for Life supports SCITrialsFinder

    Wings for Life has proudly initiated, led and funded the new version of the SCI Trials Finder website. Wings for Life aims to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The not-for-profit foundation funds world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe.

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    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Feb 2015
    • Organisation
    • James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Feb 2015
    • Organisation
    • James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center

    Wings for Life supports SCITrialsFinder

    Wings for Life has proudly initiated, led and funded the new version of the SCI Trials Finder website. Wings for Life aims to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The not-for-profit foundation funds world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe.

    Learn more