Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Spasticity in People With Spinal Cord Injury

Alternative or complimentary methods
Spasticity
Online since 8 September 2023, updated 165 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling 30 individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries to test the safety and effect of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) on spasticity. ESWT uses an acoustic shockwave to carry energy to bones, tendons and other soft tissue. It is commonly used to treat kidney stones and in physical therapy. If included, participants will receive either: 1) ESWT; or 2) sham intervention, applied in the region of the calf muscle, three times over three weeks. Clinical and self-reported measures of spasticity, its impact on quality of life, and of calf muscle structure and stiffness, will be assessed at 4 and 8 weeks.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C1 - S5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≥ 1 year
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-S5
    Additionally, participants must
    NOT have a history of surgical procedures of the lower extremity

    What’s involved

    Type

    Alternative or complimentary methods

    Details

    - participants will receive either 1) ESWT or 2) sham intervention, applied in the region of the calf muscle, three times over three weeks. - Clinical and self-report measures of spasticity, its impact on quality of life , and assessments of calf muscle structure and stiffness, will be assessed at 4 and 8 weeks.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Spasticity

    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 Sep 2022
    • Organisation
    • Kessler Foundation
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Sep 2022
    • Organisation
    • Kessler Foundation

    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