Improving Upper Extremity Function and Trunk Stability After Cervical Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Rehabilitation
Arm/hand function
Online since 26 September 2022, updated 518 days ago

About this trial

This is a trial enrolling individuals with recent (less than five months) cervical (neck area) spinal cord injuries to test the effect of arm and hand rehabilitation combined with functional electrical stimulation (FES) on upper extremity function and trunk stability. FES is a technique that applies electrical stimulation through the skin to nerves to cause contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles. Individuals will perform 40 sessions of functional task practice (reaching, grasping, etc.) focused on upper extremity muscles. If included in this trial, participants will either perform functional tasks only, or in combination with either conventional or high frequency FES. Final testing will be performed after 12 weeks.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C1 - C8
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≤ 5 months
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-C8
    Additionally, participants must
    Currently receive inpatient rehabilitation at Craig Hospital
    NOT have implanted devices including pacemakers, spinal cord stimulators, intra-thecal pumps, etc.

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    -40 sessions of functional task practice of ~50min each -functional task practice may be supplemented by one of two different forms of peripheral nerve electrical stimulation of upper extremity muscles - some pre, mid-training and post treatment testing of arm and hand function

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Arm/hand function

    Additional benefits

    Sensory function

    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
    • By invitation
    • Trial start date
    • 23 Feb 2022
    • Organisation
    • Craig Hospital
    • Trial recruitment status
    • By invitation
    • Trial start date
    • 23 Feb 2022
    • Organisation
    • Craig Hospital

    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