Time-effect of FEST+TST in the Upper-extremity Rehabilitation of Individuals With Traumatic SCI

Technology
Arm/hand function
Online since 19 July 2022, updated 68 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling individuals with incomplete cervical spinal cord injuries less than three months since onset (subacute) to test the effect of early versus delayed treatment with functional electrical stimulation therapy (FEST) combined with task-specific training (TST). The electrical stimulation is applied through the skin to nerves. Changes in arm and hand function will be measured. If included, participants will undergo 1-hour FEST + TST sessions, 3-5 days a week, for up to 12 weeks (40 sessions in total). Participants will receive the interventions at either 3-6 months or 6-9 months after their spinal cord injury. Investigators want to see if the timing of the therapies impacts upper extremity functional recovery.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C1 - C8
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≤ 3 months
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-C8
    Additionally, participants must
    NOT have any other neurological disorder sufficient to affect required testing for the trial (e.g., upper extremity peripheral neuropathy)

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - Participant will undergo 1-hour FEST + TST sessions, 3-5 days a week, for up to 12 weeks (40 sessions in total). - The intervention will occur at 1) an early timepoint (3-6 months) or 2) a delayed later timepoint (6-9 months) after their injury. - Testing will occur before FEST + TST (i.e. baseline), and at 3 and 6 months compared to baseline.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Arm/hand function

    Additional benefits

    General health

    Sensory function

    Good to know: Potential benefits are defined as outcomes that are being measured during and/or after the trial.

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    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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    • Recruitment
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Feb 2022
    • Organisation
    • University Health Network, Toronto
    • Recruitment
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Feb 2022
    • 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