Evaluation of FES+VFBT With Individuals With Lived Experience

Technology
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 16 August 2023, updated 187 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling individuals with chronic, incomplete spinal cord injuries to test the effect of functional electrical stimulation (FES) in combination with visual feedback balance training (VFBT) on balance function. FES is a technique that applies electrical stimulation through the skin to nerves to cause contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles. VFBT involves standing on a force plate with one's center of pressure presented on a monitor. If included, participants will undergo 20 minutes of FES (applied to the feet) + VFBT, 3 times a week for six weeks. Final balance testing will be done after 12 weeks. Investigators want to see if this intervention improves balance and thereby reduces the incidence of falls.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C1 - S5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≥ 1 year
    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-S5
    Additionally, participants must
    be able to stand independently for 60 seconds
    Not have had a prior lower extremity fracture due to osteoporosis.
    Not have had nerve damage to the legs.

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - 20-min FES + VFBT, 3x/week for six weeks (1 hour each). - Final balance testing will be done after 12 weeks.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    Additional benefits

    General health

    Sensory function

    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
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Apr 2023
    • Organisation
    • University Health Network, Toronto
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Apr 2023
    • Organisation
    • University Health Network, Toronto

    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