Augmenting Reactive Stepping With FES After SCI

Technology
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 5 November 2021, updated 837 days ago

About this trial

This is a trial recruiting individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injuries to test the effect of functional electrical stimulation (FES) of the legs on reactive stepping and balance recovery while standing and walking in a therapist-controlled safety harness. If included, participants will receive multiple sessions of FES to leg nerves in combination with 1-hour standing/stepping in a safety harness applied to the trunk while being pushed and pulled unexpectedly (perturbation-based balance training – PBT). Training sessions will be conducted over a period up to 7 weeks. Balance and walking tests will be performed at the conclusion of the training sessions.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C1 - S5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≥ 1 year
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-S5
    Additionally, participants must
    be able to stand independently for 60 seconds.
    be able to understand English.
    NOT have implanted device, e.g. pacemaker

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    The participant will receive multiple sessions of FES to leg nerves in combination with 1-hour walking/stepping in a safety harness while being pushed and pulled unexpectedly (PBT). Final balance and walking tests will be performed at the completion of the training sessions, with an interview of the participant 3 months later to determine perceived challenges and benefits of the PBT+FES program.

    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
    • Ended
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Sep 2019
    • Organisation
    • University Health Network, Toronto
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Ended
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Sep 2019
    • Organisation
    • University Health Network, Toronto

    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