Control of Unsupported Paraplegic Standing
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|
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|
|Endpoint classification||safety/efficacy study|
|Intervention model||single group assignment|
estimates of physical parameters (ie. stiffness, viscosity, inertia)
quality of standing
amount of sway
timing of standing
Male or female participants at least 16 years old.
- Neurologically intact, healthy individuals individuals with complete spinal cord lesion between T6 and T12
- Incomplete SCI
|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.|
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