Last updated on July 2019

Improving SCI Rehabilitation Interventions by Retraining the Brain

Brief description of study

The Long-term goal of this project is to develop upper limb rehabilitation interventions that can be utilized for cervical Spinal Cord Injury survivors.

This Study will utilize a novel method of non-invasive brain stimulation in conjunction with upper limb training given for 15 visits over a period of 3 weeks.

The Study will include the following site visits:

  • Eligibility Screening and Informed Consent Visit.
  • Four testing visit in which motor function of the upper limb and neurophysiology will be measured
  • Fifteen intervention visits during which patients will receive upper limb training in conjunction with non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Repeat testing of motor function and neurophysiology of the upper limb following completion of intervention visits
  • a Follow-up visit completed 3 months after the completion of interventions

Detailed Study Description

This is a phase I/II Multi-site Clinical Trial. In this phase I/II randomized controlled study, 18 cervical spinal patients with upper limb impairments will receive non-invasive brain stimulation tDCS (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) to the area in the brain controlling the weaker muscle of the weakest upper limb while receiving training for 5 days a weeks for 3 weeks. The primary outcome will be motor limb impairment, and secondary outcomes will be tests of functional ability, spinal excitability, and strength and dexterity. Safety and feasibility of pairing tDCS with rehabilitation will also be explored and include adverse effects, subject/investigator blinding, and attrition to 3 month follow-up.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03892746

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Louis B. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

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