Electrical Stimulation for Spasticity in Spinal Cord Injury

Technology
Spasticity
Online since 13 December 2022, updated 521 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling individuals with spinal cord injuries to test the effect of an electrical stimulation technique on voluntary and involuntary contractions of leg muscles. Transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) is a technique using electric current applied to electrodes on the surface of the skin to stimulate nerves for therapeutic purposes; TENS has been used to control pain in spinal cord injury. This study will investigate its effects on muscle activation patterns as well as on spasticity. If included, participants will be randomly placed in one of two study groups either: a) receiving TENS for the first two months; or b) no intervention for two months followed by a two-month period with TENS. Final testing will be performed after 4 months.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C5 - T12
Time since injury
≥ 0 null
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C5-T12

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    Participants will undergo transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation at the lumbosacral region (lower back) for one hour twice a day for two months. Participants will undergo testing sessions for the outcome assessments before treatment and at 1,2 and 4 months in addition to spasticity testing every 2 weeks..

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Spasticity

    Additional benefits

    Arm/hand function

    Standing/walking/mobility

    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.

    Learn more

    • Trial recruitment status
    • Active
    • Trial start date
    • 4 May 2022
    • Organisation
    • University of Alberta
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Active
    • Trial start date
    • 4 May 2022
    • Organisation
    • University of Alberta

    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