FES and Upper Limb Loading Exercises Outcome Comparison on Hand Function in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Technology
Arm/hand function
Online since 17 October 2023, updated 182 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling 30 individuals with recent cervical spinal cord injuries (subacute) to test the effect of functional electrical stimulation (FES) compared to limb loading exercises on arm and hand function. FES is a technique that applies electrical stimulation through the skin to nerves to cause contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles. If included, participants will undergo a 30-45 min session 5 days per week for 8 weeks of either: 1) FES to upper limb; or 2) upper limb loading exercises. Final testing of arm and hand function will be performed after the 8 week intervention period.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
20 - 50 years
Injury level
C5 - T1
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    All
    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C5-T1
    Additionally, participants must
    NOT have sustained autonomic dysreflexia due to stimulation
    NOT be taking long-term steriods
    NOT have pre-existing arm or hand injury

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - Participants will undergo either 1) FES or 2) upper limb loading exercises, 30-45 min session 5 days per week for 8 weeks. - Final testing of arm and hand function will be performed after the 8 week intervention period.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Arm/hand function

    Additional benefits

    General health

    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
    • 25 Feb 2023
    • Organisation
    • Riphah International University
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 25 Feb 2023
    • Organisation
    • Riphah International University

    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