Utility of Multisensory Body-Representation in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) With Pain

Technology
Pain
Online since 7 December 2023, updated 74 days ago

About this trial

This trial is enrolling 30 individuals with spinal cord injury who have persistent neuropathic pain to test the effect of bodily illusions combined with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on pain symptoms and sensory functions. Bodily illusion, or body representation, is a technique using visual cues to relocate sensation. For example, watching a rubber hand being stroked while one's own unseen hand is synchronously stroked induces the rubber hand to 'feel' touch that the eyes see. tDCS is a non-invasive technique that uses electrical stimulation of the brain delivered by surface electrodes attached to the scalp. If included, participants will undergo 2-4 weeks of the combined intervention for a total of 10 sessions. Final pain assessment will be performed after 4 weeks.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 70 years
Injury level
C1 - T12
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-A
    AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    All
    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C1-T12
    Additionally, participants must
    NOT have a history of epilepsy or seizures
    NOT have a history of visual and hearing loss not corrected
    NOT have metal implants in the head

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    - Participants will undergo 10 interventions over 2-4 weeks of a combined intervention including transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and bodily illusions. - They can perform this everyday or for a minimum of 2-3 times per week over 4 weeks. - Two types of illusions will be used for 15 min each, the rubber hand illusion and the walking illusion to target upper and lower limbs. - Final pain assessments will be performed after 4 weeks.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Pain

    Additional benefits

    General health

    Mental 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
    • 17 Oct 2023
    • Organisation
    • University of Miami
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 17 Oct 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