Body Weight Supported Training Study

Rehabilitation
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 3 November 2021, updated 845 days ago

About this trial

This trial is recruiting individuals with incomplete spinal cord injuries to test the use of a robotic body-weight support (BWS) training device called the FLOAT. Researchers want to see if participants held up by FLOAT have improved overground walking function on different surfaces, compared to those receiving walking training on a treadmill with the usual BWS system (e.g., being supported in a harness). Participants will receive 4 weeks of training either 1) with the usual BWS system for walking on a treadmill, or 2) with the FLOAT for walking unrestricted in a safe environment overground. Functional outcomes for walking speed and endurance will be assessed. The study also hopes to identify the mechanism (how the therapy works) for improving walking function.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 70 years
Injury level
C1 - T11
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    6 months - 70 years
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Vertebrae fracture

    Non-traumatic

    Ischemia

    Stenosis

    Spondylosis

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-T11
    Additionally, participants must
    be able to walk 10 meters with or without any assistance.
    NOT have epilepsy
    NOT be enrolled in another training study

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    4 weeks of 1-hour walking training sessions (3-5 times per week) either 1) on a treadmill with a conventional BWS device or 2) over ground with the FLOAT in a safe environment at the study Center in Zurich. Baseline tests will be performed before the training and final walking tests will be performed 1 month after the end of the training.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    Additional benefits

    General health

    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
    • Active
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Mar 2019
    • Organisation
    • University of Zurich
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Active
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Mar 2019
    • Organisation
    • University of Zurich

    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