Exoskeleton and Spinal Cord Injury

Rehabilitation
General health
Online since 3 November 2021, updated 927 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries to test using a powered robotic exoskeleton (EKSO) to improve cardiovascular health and walking function. Powered exoskeletons allow persons with SCI to experience standing and walking. Researchers want to see if the assisted movements also decrease spasticity, improve bowel function, or provide psychological benefits. This study will assess cardiovascular performance, e.g., blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen consumption, as well as energy consumption and body composition parameters. Walking time, distance and speed will be measured. Participants will train by walking in the robotic suits for an hour once or twice a week for 12 weeks.

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
    1 year - 70 years
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-S5
    Additionally, participants must
    be less than 220 lbs (100 kg) due to EKSO restrictions

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    Training session for one or twice a week for 12 weeks in a powered exoskeleton (EKSO). The walking time with the robotic suit will be 1 hour per session.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    General health

    Additional benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    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
    • Ended
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jul 2018
    • Organisation
    • McGuire Research Institute
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Ended
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jul 2018
    • Organisation
    • McGuire Research Institute

    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