The Effect of NMES on Bowel Management in People With Chronic SCI

Technology
Bowel health
Online since 5 November 2021, updated 925 days ago

About this trial

This is a trial to test the effect of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) of the abdominal wall on bowel function after spinal cord injury. If included, participants will receive 30 minutes of NMES applied 30 minutes before defecation over the course of 16 weeks. Researchers want to see if NMES is effective in decreasing both bowel transit time and constipation.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C2 - L5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≥ 1 year
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C2-L5
    Additionally, participants must
    Report that their current bowel program routine requires too much time.

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    The participant will receive 30minutes of NMES applied with four adhesive electrodes attached to the abdominal wall. The stimulus will be applied for 30minutes before the usual bowel program emptying time over the course of 16 weeks. The stimulation protocol will be performed at home or at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil, Switzerland Participants will have follow-up outcome assessments at various time points over 24 weeks.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Bowel health

    Additional benefits

    Bladder health/function

    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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    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
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 4 Jul 2021
    • Organisation
    • Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 4 Jul 2021
    • Organisation
    • Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil

    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