The Use of Functional Electrical Stimulation in Conjunction With Respiratory Muscle Training to Improve Unaided Cough in Individuals With Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Technology
General health
Online since 15 August 2023, updated 36 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling individuals with subacute (less than one year) spinal cord injuries to test the effect of abdominal functional electrical stimulation (aFES) in combination with respiratory muscle training (RMT) on coughing function. FES is a technique that applies electrical stimulation through the skin to nerves to cause contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles in back and abdomen. If included, participants with paraplegia will receive 2 weeks of aFES + RMT; those with tetraplegia will undergo 4 weeks of aFES + RMT. Investigators want to see how the treatment changes peak cough flow, peak expiratory flow, and cough effectiveness.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C2 - T12
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    AIS-B
    AIS-C
    Time since injury
    ≤ 12 months
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Non-traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C2-T12

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - participants with paraplegia will receive 2 weeks of FES + RMT - participants with tetraplegia will undergo 4 weeks of FES + RMT.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    General health

    Additional benefits

    Good to know: Potential benefits are defined as outcomes that are being measured during and/or after the trial.

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    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
    • 21 Jul 2023
    • Organisation
    • University of Miami
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 21 Jul 2023
    • Organisation
    • University of Miami

    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