Aquatic Specific Physiotherapy on Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

Rehabilitation
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 4 November 2021, updated 838 days ago

About this trial

This trial is recruiting individuals with incomplete spinal cord injuries to test the effectiveness of aquatic training in a therapy pool (hydrotherapy). Participants will receive six weeks of aquatic therapy including feet balance exercises, slow walking in all directions, and walking with obstacles. Participants will be randomly assigned to either start right after admission, or after a lag of 6 weeks. Improvements in balance and gait will be assessed, related to quality of life. Additionally, blood will be examined for any improvement of inflammation.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 70 years
Injury level
T1 - L5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    1 hour - 8 months
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    T1-L5

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    Participants will be randomly assigned to either 1) begin aquatic therapy at the time of enrollment (Early Aquatic Therapy); or 2) act as untreated control participants for 5 weeks, then begin aquatic therapy on week 6 for six weeks (Late Aquatic Therapy). Specific aquatic physiotherapy sessions (40 minutes), 3 times a week, for 6 weeks, comprised of pool therapies including balance exercises, slow walking in all directions, walking with obstacles, Ai Chi (a form of aquatic therapy) , and muscle strengthening exercises. Participation in outcome measurements including testing for balance, walking capabilities, Quality of Life, and blood test indicators of inflammation over a period of 12 weeks.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    Additional benefits

    Arm/hand function

    General health

    Mental health

    Pain

    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
    • 1 Apr 2019
    • Organisation
    • University of Castilla-La Mancha
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Apr 2019
    • Organisation
    • University of Castilla-La Mancha

    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