Cognitive-based Prosthetics to Improve Grasp and Reaching After SCI

Technology
Arm/hand function
Online since 5 November 2021, updated 843 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling individuals with cervical (neck area) spinal cord injuries to test the effect of a rehabilitation technique that increases awareness of movement (cognitive engagement). Participants will use a specially designed glove and arm brace (cognition glove and sensory brace). The cognition glove has sensors that alert the user when a secure grasp is achieved. The sensory brace sends a feedback signal to the arm as the user performs a reaching movement in virtual reality (a computer-generated, 3-dimensional space that a user can interact with using special goggles and gloves). Arm and hand function will be measured for level of movement success and accuracy, as well as for the time needed to perform a movement. Participants will perform different arm and hand movements, with or without feedback, to increase awareness of the movements. Outcomes will be assessed at each testing session. Researchers want to see if these movement techniques strengthen commitment and engagement of users in performing physical therapy tasks.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 65 years
Injury level
C1 - T1
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    12 months - 65 years
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    Yes
    C1-T1
    Additionally, participants must
    NOT be dependent on ventilator
    NOT have significant cognitive deficits

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    Study visits to perform upper extremity tasks (grasping and arm movement) Task performance while wearing a brace or glove

    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
    • 17 May 2021
    • Organisation
    • VA Office of Research and Development
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Ended
    • Trial start date
    • 17 May 2021
    • Organisation
    • VA Office of Research and Development

    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