Use of Neural Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Recovery of Grasping Movements for Patient With Quadriplegia.

Technology
Arm/hand function
Online since 4 November 2021, updated 838 days ago

About this trial

This trial is recruiting individuals with chronic cervical (neck area) spinal cord injuries to test the effect of electrical stimulation to recover grasping movements. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a technique that applies electricity to nerves, which causes contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles. This study is investigating the use of specially designed cuff electrodes, which are surgically placed around specific nerves (median or radial nerves) in the upper extremities. Electrical stimulation of these nerves is intended to improve elbow straightening and extension, wrist and finger extension, and the ability to flex fingers and thumb. If chosen for the trial, participants must have already been scheduled to undergo rehabilitative upper extremity surgery to improve elbow straightening. The additional procedure of cuff electrode placement will be performed during the elbow surgery.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 65 years
Injury level
C1 - C7
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    AIS-B
    Time since injury
    6 months - 65 years
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-C7
    Additionally, participants must
    be scheduled to undergo clinically-indicated rehabilitative upper extremity surgery.
    have no change in muscle strength testing in the past 6 months.
    have no or almost no muscle function below the elbow.

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    While undergoing a planned clinical operation to restore elbow straightening function, participants will have an additional nerve cuff placement and electrical stimulation research procedure.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Arm/hand function

    Additional benefits

    General health

    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
    • 9 Feb 2016
    • Organisation
    • Clinique Beau Soleil
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Ended
    • Trial start date
    • 9 Feb 2016
    • Organisation
    • Clinique Beau Soleil

    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