Transcutaneous Spinal Cord Stimulation to Promote Walking Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury

Technology
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 19 March 2024, updated 20 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling 30 individuals with acute (< 12 months) incomplete spinal cord injuries to test the effect of transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation (TSCS) in combination with an exoskeleton on walking function. An exoskeleton is an externally worn powered robotic device to assist movement. TSCS is a technique that applies electrical stimulation through the skin to target the spinal cord and associated neural pathways, thus affecting neural activity. If included, participants will receive either exoskeleton training with TSCS or exoskeleton training without TSCS for a total of 24, 1-hour sessions. Final testing will be performed 4 weeks after the last training session.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C4 - T10
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≤ 12 months
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C4-T10
    Additionally, participants must
    must be between 5'0" and 6'4" in height
    NOT have a cauda equina injury
    NOT have cardiac or respiratory issues

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - Participants will receive walking training with an exoskeleton, either with or without transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation (TSCS) for a total of 24 sessions. - An exoskeleton is an externally worn powered robotic device to assist movement. - TSCS is a technique that applies electrical stimulation through the skin to target the spinal cord and associated neural pathways, aiming to influencing neural activity. - Final testing will be performed 4 weeks after the last training session.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    Additional benefits

    Bladder health

    Bowel health

    General health

    Spasticity

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

    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.

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    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 15 Nov 2023
    • Organisation
    • Craig Hospital
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 15 Nov 2023
    • Organisation
    • Craig Hospital

    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