Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation to enhance locomotion after spinal cord injury

Purpose

Spinal cord injury (SCI) often causes weakness and difficulty with activities such as standing and walking. Walking rehabilitation can help improve a person’s ability to walk, but often, walking is still difficult. The use of electrical stimulation, applied over the spinal cord, is now being added during rehabilitation to see if it can assist in achieving greater improvement in walking function.

This study tests the effects of stimulation on walking function and outcomes after 16 sessions of walking rehabilitation. 

This study is conducted at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida.

Eligibility

  • 18 - 65 years old 
  • Sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Able to walk at least 10 feet with assistance

Reach out to Brooks.Research@BrooksRehab.org or 904-345-8969 for additional details about the study.

Procedures

  • This study is conducted at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida
  • This is a two-part study:
  • Part 1: You will be asked to participate in two sessions each lasting approximately 3 hours, but not longer than 6 hours
  • Part 2: You will be asked to participate in 16 sessions of walking training (4 days/week for 4 weeks) as well as pre- and post-training testing sessions (18 sessions total)

Reach out to Brooks.Research@BrooksRehab.org or 904-345-8969 for additional details about the study.

Study Information Flyer

Age

18 to 65

Gender

Male
Female

Monetary compensation

Yes

Can be done from home

No

Keywords

Spinal cord injury, Spinal cord trauma, Walking abnormalities

Principal Investigator

Emily Fox, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Department

Department of Physical Therapy

Contact Information

Brooks.Research@BrooksRehab.org

904.345.8969


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