Exoskeleton Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction Study

Rehabilitation
Bowel health
Online since 13 December 2022, updated 521 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries to test the effect on bowel function of walking exercise training with an externally worn, powered robotic device (exoskeleton training - ET). If included, participants will receive either: 1) two consecutive courses of exoskeleton training (ET) with twelve 45-minute sessions, each to be completed in 6 to 8 weeks (total period of training 12 to 16 weeks) or 2) twelve 45-minute sessions of usual physiotherapy treatment (PT), consisting of maintenance exercise in the first 6 to 8 weeks, and then one course of ET with twelve 45-minute sessions in the following 6 to 8 weeks. Researchers will measure bowel function, including changes in defecation time and incontinence.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C4 - L3
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • Time since injury
    ≥ 12 months
    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C4-L3
    Additionally, participants must
    have a bowel opening via anal route or stoma
    NOT have untreated cardiovascular or pulmonary conditions
    NOT have untreated psychiatric disorders

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    Participants will receive either: 1) Two consecutive courses of exoskeleton training (ET). Each ET course includes twelve 45-minute sessions completed over 6 to 8 weeks. (total period of training 12 to 16 weeks) 2) One course of physiotherapy treatment (PT) followed by one course of exoskeleton training (ET). PT course includes twelve 45-minute sessions of usual maintenance exercises completed over 6 to 8 weeks. ET course includes twelve 45-minute sessions completed over 6 to 8 weeks. (total training period of 12 to 16 weeks).

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Bowel health

    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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    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jan 2022
    • Organisation
    • The University of Hong Kong
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Unknown
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jan 2022
    • Organisation
    • The University of Hong Kong

    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