Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling in SCI

Technology
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 4 November 2021, updated 926 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling individuals with recent incomplete spinal cord injuries to assess the effect of assisted cycling on lower extremity function. Cycling movements will be assisted by functional electrical stimulation (FES), a technique that applies electrical current through the skin to nerves, causing contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles. Participants will cycle from their wheelchair coupled to a motorized ergometer (RT300 FES cycle) with feet and lower legs strapped to the pedals. The study will measure changes in walking function, trunk balance, and ability to undertake activities of daily living. If included in the study, participants will be randomly assigned to one of two study groups, either the intervention group (performing FES cycling 3 times per week for 6 weeks, each session lasting up to 90 minutes); or the control group (receiving standard physical therapy and rehabilitation for 6 weeks, 2 times per day, 4 to 5 days per week, each lasting approximately 90 minutes).

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 99 years
Injury level
C1 - S5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≤ 6 weeks
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-S5
    Additionally, participants must
    be able to sit in a wheelchair for 2 hours
    be able to tolerate functional electrical stimulation (FES)
    NOT be dependent on ventilator

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    6 weeks of FES cycling training in addition to the usual physiotherapy Follow-up measurements six weeks after the end of the intervention

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    Additional benefits

    Arm/hand function

    General health

    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
    • 1 Jun 2019
    • Organisation
    • Glasgow Caledonian University
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jun 2019
    • Organisation
    • Glasgow Caledonian University

    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