A Telerehabilitation Program for SCI

Technology
Arm/hand function
Online since 18 March 2024, updated 94 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling 36 individuals with chronic cervical spinal cord injury to test the effect of a home-based therapeutic program using “transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS) on arm and hand function. tDCS is a non-invasive electrical stimulation of the brain delivered by surface electrodes attached to the scalp. If included, participants will be randomly assigned (2:1, tDCS: sham) to undergo 10 sessions with 20 minutes of either 1) tDCS or 2) sham tDCS, each combined with 60 minutes of high intensity repetitive arm exercises. The session will be spread over 2 weeks and will be performed at home, supervised in real-time by videoconferencing. Final testing of arm/hand function will be performed after 1 month.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 70 years
Injury level
C1 - C7
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≥ 6 months
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-C7

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - participants will be randomly assigned (2:1, tDCS: sham) to undergo 10 sessions with 20 minutes of either 1) tDCS or 2) sham tDCS, each combined with 60 minutes of high intensity repetitive arm exercises. - The session will be spread over 2 weeks and will be performed at home, supervised in real-time by videoconferencing. - Final testing of arm/hand function will be performed after 1 month.

    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
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jul 2021
    • Organisation
    • The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jul 2021
    • Organisation
    • The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

    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