Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions spinal cord injury, stroke
Treatments multi-purpose rehabilitation frame, surface functional electrical stimulation
Sponsor University of Glasgow
Start date June 2002
Trial size 10 participants
Trial identifier NCT00204113, GUStandingSCI, UK EPSRC: GR/R79234/01

Summary

The study will investigate the feasibility of using functional electrical stimulation (FES) of the calf muscles of paraplegic subjects to assist in posture stabilisation during standing. We aim to achieve postural stability by combining controlled FES of the lower-limb muscles with the voluntary motor control skills of the intact upper body.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment

Primary Outcomes

Measure
estimates of physical parameters (ie. stiffness, viscosity, inertia)
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Secondary Outcomes

Measure
quality of standing
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amount of sway
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timing of standing
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Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 16 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Neurologically intact, healthy individuals individuals with complete spinal cord lesion between T6 and T12 Exclusion Criteria: - Incomplete SCI

Additional Information

Official title Integrated Voluntary Control of Unsupported Paraplegic Standing
Principal investigator Kenneth J Hunt, BSc, PhD, DSc
Description Aim: The study will investigate the feasibility of using functional electrical stimulation (FES) of the calf muscles of paraplegic subjects to assist in posture stabilisation during standing. We aim to achieve postural stability by combining controlled FES of the lower-limb muscles with the voluntary motor control skills of the intact upper body. Background: In spinal cord injury (SCI), the paralysed muscles generally retain their ability to contract and electrical stimulation can be used in rehabilitation as a therapy. With functional electrical stimulation (FES) the aim is to restore some normal motor functions such as standing, stepping or cycling. A number of studies have investigated the physiological effects and potential therapeutic benefits of lower-limb FES exercise. These studies have shown that the benefits include restoration of muscle bulk and strength, a reduction in the rate of bone demineralisation, improvements in the range of joint motion, and relaxation of spasm. Standing is an important part of rehabilitation therapy for paraplegic patients, and helps to alleviate some of the secondary effects of paralysis.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in June 2008.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Glasgow.