Hand Grasp Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Rehabilitation
Arm/hand function
Online since 9 September 2022, updated 651 days ago

About this trial

This is a clinical trial enrolling individuals with chronic cervical spinal cord injuries to test the effect of a portable device that electrically stimulates muscles in the arm and hand, a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) device, to improve grip and grasp. The device is a wearable sleeve that is controlled by the user and is intended to be used in the home setting. The FES stimuli will target specific muscles to improve natural grasp function. Participants will be trained to use the FES system to target functional hand movements and activities they identify as important. The research team will measure the FES system strengths, weaknesses and effectiveness using interviews and standardized assessments. If included, participants will receive a portable device to be used at home. Final testing will be performed after 10 weeks.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C1 - C8
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≥ 12 months
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-C8
    Additionally, participants must
    NOT be able to grasp objects independently with both hands
    NOT be ventilator-dependent
    NOT suffer moderate to severe spasticity of the arm muscles

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    Participants will undergo an initial training session. Participants will use the wearable sleeve in the home setting. Participants will use the wearable sleeve for up to 10 research sessions.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Arm/hand function

    Additional benefits

    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
    • 5 Apr 2022
    • Organisation
    • Battelle Memorial Institute
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 5 Apr 2022
    • Organisation
    • Battelle Memorial Institute

    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