Virtual Walking Therapy for Neuropathic Pain Following Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Rehabilitation
Pain
Online since 3 April 2024, updated 6 days ago

About this trial

The purpose of this study is to determine if playing a virtual reality walking game can help improve neuropathic pain in adults with incomplete spinal cord injury....

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
≥ 18 years
Injury level
C5 - L5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-B
    AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    ≥ 1 year
    Healthy volunteers
    No
    C5-L5

    What’s involved

    Type

    Rehabilitation

    Details

    Many people with SCI experience neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is often described as sharp, burning, or electric. 'Traditional' treatments often do not do a good job of reducing neuropathic pain. Therefore, it is important to see if 'non-traditional' treatments might work. Scientists think that neuropathic pain occurs in SCI because the sensations coming from the eyes and up the spinal cord to the brain do not match what the brain thinks it told the body to do. This 'mismatch' may result in changes in the brain that make neuropathic pain possible. Virtual reality walking reduces this 'mismatch.' It does this by creating the 'illusion' that the person is walking. The brain then thinks it is telling the body to walk AND the information coming from the eyes matches its instructions. This 'matching' may reverse the brain changes that made neuropathic pain possible. The current study is specifically focused on individuals whose SCI has been classified as incomplete (ASIA B, C, or D).

    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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    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
    • 1 Mar 2024
    • Organisation
    • Texas A&M University
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 1 Mar 2024
    • Organisation
    • Texas A&M 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