TCES for Upper Limb Function in Cervical SCI

Technology
Arm/hand function
Online since 26 October 2023, updated 238 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling 8 individuals with chronic cervical spinal cord injuries to test the effect of transcutaneous (skin surface) electrical stimulation (tCES) of the spinal cord on arm and hand function. tCES is a technique for stimulating the spinal cord via surface electrodes to modify spinal cord function. If included, participants will visit the study center 2/week, for 2 weeks to test their movement ability. Then they will receive either: 1) 4 weeks of upper limb task practice (ULTP) followed by 4 weeks of ULTP + tCES; or 2) 4 weeks of ULTP + tCES followed by 4 weeks of ULTP alone. Participants will then complete a post-intervention assessment (two sessions). Final testing of arm/hand function, quality of life, and self management will be performed after 3 months.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 80 years
Injury level
C3 - C7
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • Time since injury
    ≥ 1 year
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C3-C7
    Additionally, participants must
    have difficulty with hand functions in activities of daily living (e.g. dressing, grooming, feeding)
    NOT use ventilator
    NOT have implanted stimulator (e.g. pacemaker)

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - participants will visit the study center 2x/week, for 2 weeks to test their movement ability. - participants will undergo either 1) first receive 4 weeks of upper limb task practice (ULTP) followed by 4 weeks of ULTP + tCES or 2) first receive 4 weeks of ULTP + tCES followed by 4 weeks of ULTP alone. - - - Final testing of arm/hand function, quality of life, and self management will be performed after 3 months.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Arm/hand function

    Additional benefits

    General health

    Mental health and psychosocial factors

    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
    • Ended
    • Trial start date
    • 13 Jun 2022
    • Organisation
    • University of Leeds
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Ended
    • Trial start date
    • 13 Jun 2022
    • Organisation
    • University of Leeds

    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