Improving Grasp Function in People With Sensorimotor Impairments by Combining Electrical Stimulation With a Robotic Hand Orthosis

Rehabilitation
Arm/hand function
Online since 19 February 2024, updated 8 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling 20 individuals with chronically impaired motor and sensory functions of the hands to test the effect of a hand exoskeleton, Sensible-Exo, on grasping function. An exoskeleton is an externally worn powered robotic device to assist movement. Sensible-Exo is coupled with a sleeve that delivers both functional electrical stimulation (FES) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). FES is a technique that applies electrical stimulation through the skin to nerves to cause contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles. TENS is a technique that delivers electrical stimulation through the skin to target specific nerves, aiming to increase touch sensation. If included, participants will receive up to 1 month of hand movement and sensation training with the aid of virtual reality. This will be followed by 1 month of regular Sensible-Exo use. Final testing will be performed 1 month later for a total of 3 months of participation.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C1 - S5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • Time since injury
    ≥ 6 months
    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-S5
    Additionally, participants must
    NOT have a pacemaker
    NOT have epilepsy
    have chronic sensory and motor hand impairment

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    - Participants will use Sensible-Exo, an externally worn powered robotic device to assist hand movement. - Sensible-Exo is coupled with a sleeve that delivers electrical stimulation in the form of functional electrical stimulation (FES) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). - FES is a technique that applies electrical stimulation through the skin to nerves to cause contraction of weakened or paralyzed muscles. - TENS is a technique that delivers electrical stimulation through the skin to target specific nerves, aiming to alleviate pain and discomfort. - Final testing will be performed after 3 months.

    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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    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jul 2023
    • Organisation
    • ETH Zurich
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Jul 2023
    • Organisation
    • ETH Zurich

    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