Upper Extremity Training for Chronic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Technology
Arm/hand function
Online since 19 March 2024, updated 20 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling 36 individuals with chronic cervical spinal cord injury to test the effect of spinal cord transcutaneous stimulation (scTS) combined with upper limb and trunk training on neurological recovery of arm function. scTS is a technique for stimulating the spinal cord via surface stimulation to modify spinal cord function. If included, participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups: 1) 60 sessions of upper limb and trunk training with scTS. 2) 40 sessions of upper limb and trunk training with scTS followed by 20 training session without scTS. 3) 20 sessions of upper limb and trunk training with scTS followed by 40 training session without scTS. Training time will be approximately 1 hour, 3-4 times per week. Rehabilitation therapy will involve exercises concentrating on fingers, hand, arm and trunk function. Final testing will be performed after 6 months.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C1 - C8
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • Time since injury
    ≥ 6 months
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-C8
    Additionally, participants must
    Not have a colostomy bag or urotomy.
    Not have an implanted pump (i.e. baclofen pump, pain pump, etc.)

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups: 1) 60 sessions of upper limb and trunk training with scTS. 2) 40 sessions of upper limb and trunk training with scTS followed by 20 training session without scTS. 3) 20 sessions of upper limb and trunk training with scTS followed by 40 training session without scTS. -Training time will be approximately 1 hour, 3-4 times per week. - Rehabilitation therapy will involve exercises concentrating on fingers, hand, arm and trunk function. - A physical therapist will be at training and testing sessions. - Final testing will be performed after 6 months.

    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.

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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
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 14 Jun 2021
    • Organisation
    • Kessler Foundation
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 14 Jun 2021
    • Organisation
    • Kessler Foundation

    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