Last updated on November 2019

Spinal Excitation to Enhance Mobility

Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Senility
  • Age: Between 65 - 100 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Preferred 10m walking speed < 1.0 m/s
  • Intact tactile sensation based on two-point discrimination
  • Willingness to be randomized to either intervention and to participate in all aspects of study assessment and intervention

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosed neurological disorder or injury of the central nervous system, or observation of symptoms consistent with such a condition
  • spinal cord injury
  • Alzheimer's
  • Parkinson's
  • stroke, etc.
  • Contraindications to non-invasive spinal stimulation including any prior spinal surgical procedure
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Obesity, defined as Body Mass Index exceeding 30.
  • This is due to the potential influence of body fat on the amplitude of electrical current flow to the spinal cord.
  • Use of medications affecting the central nervous system including, but not limited to:
  • benzodiazepines
  • anti-cholinergic medication and GABAergic medication
  • Severe arthritis, such as awaiting joint replacement
  • Current cardiovascular, lung or renal disease
  • Diabetes
  • Terminal illness
  • Myocardial infarction or major heart surgery in the previous year
  • Cancer treatment in the past year, except for nonmelanoma skin cancers and cancers having an excellent prognosis
  • early stage breast or prostate cancer
  • Current diagnosis of schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders, or bipolar disorder
  • Difficulty communicating with study personnel
  • including people who cannot speak English
  • Uncontrolled hypertension at rest (systolic > 180 mmHg and/or diastolic > 100 mmHg)
  • Bone fracture or joint replacement in the previous six months
  • Current participation in physical therapy for lower extremity function or cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Current enrollment in any clinical trial
  • Planning to relocate out of the area during the study period
  • Clinical judgment of investigative team

Recruitment Status: Open

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