Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) to Improve Function in Chronic ASIA-A Patients

Technology
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 11 November 2021, updated 888 days ago

About this trial

This trial is recruiting individuals with chronic, complete paraplegia to determine if extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) impacts recovery. ESWT is a non-invasive, low energy acoustic wave applied to the bones, tendons and other soft tissue. It is mostly used to treat kidney stones and in physical therapy. Participants will receive either 1) real-ESWT or 2) false-ESWT (inactive placebo control), once a week over 6 weeks. The device will be applied 5 segments above and below the injury level of the spinal cord. Participants selected for the trial will also document their medication use, spasticity, and pain over the 6 weeks. Evaluations will be done at 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months after the ESWT therapy. Those participants who do not receive ESWT during the study (control group) will have the option to receive EWST at the end of the study.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
T2 - T10
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    Time since injury
    ≥ 1 year
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    T2-T10
    Additionally, participants must
    NOT have any stem cell or electro-therapy in last six months

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    Participation in one of the two study centers in Vienna or Graz, Austria. The participant will either receive the 1) active-ESWT intervention or 2) inactive-ESWT intervention, once a week over 6 weeks. The device will be applied 5 segments above and below the injury level of the spinal cord. The participant will document your medications, spasticity, and pain during the study period (6 weeks). The participant will return to the study center for final examinations 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months after the therapy. The participant has the option to receive active-EWST after the study if they did not receive it during the study.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    Additional benefits

    General health

    Mental health and psychosocial factors

    Spasticity

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

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    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 26 Mar 2015
    • Organisation
    • AUVA Trauma Center Meidling
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 26 Mar 2015
    • Organisation
    • AUVA Trauma Center Meidling

    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