Modeling, Optimization, and Control Methods for a Personalized Hybrid Walking Exoskeleton

Technology
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 5 November 2021, updated 886 days ago

About this trial

This trial is recruiting individuals with chronic, thoracic-level (chest area) spinal cord injuries to validate computer programming sequences (algorithms) that coordinate functional electrical stimulation (FES) and exoskeleton use during walking and during transitions from standing to sitting. FES applies electrical stimulation through the skin to nerves/muscles to cause contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles. An exoskeleton is an externally worn battery-powered robotic device to assist movement. Participants will undergo 1) exoskeleton-assisted walking movements with or without FES; and 2) exoskeleton-assisted sit-to-stand movements with or without FES. Final testing will be performed after 30 months.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 60 years
Injury level
T1 - T10
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    1 year - 60 years
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    Yes
    T1-T10

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    The participant will undergo 1) exoskeleton-assisted walking movements with or without FES and 2) exoskeleton-assisted sit-to-stand movements with or without FES. Final testing will be performed after 30 months.

    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.

    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
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jul 2020
    • Organisation
    • North Carolina State University
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jul 2020
    • Organisation
    • North Carolina State 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