A Prospective Analysis of Physical Therapy Wound Care Modalities in Patients With Spinal Cord Injury ((SCI))

  • End date
    Sep 27, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Updated on 27 October 2022
electrical stimulation
spinal cord
wound care
spinal cord disorder
wound treatment


To examine the effects of Physical Therapist (PT) wound care modalities (pulsed wound irrigation (PWI) + electrical stimulation (ES), PWI only, and ES only) on wound healing in patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI).


It is hypothesized that PWI + ES will demonstrate the greatest rate of wound healing due to the combined effect of these treatments, which positively impact several aspects of the wound healing cascade. It is hypothesized that all patients will demonstrate improved quality of life from receiving wound care treatments by Physical Therapists due to individualized education and treatments which engage patients in their wound healing process and promote self-efficacy.

Condition Spinal Cord Injuries, Pressure Injuries
Treatment pulsed wound irrigation (PWI), electrical stimulation (ES), electrical stimulation (ES) and pulsed wound irrigation (PWI)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05458947
SponsorWake Forest University Health Sciences
Last Modified on27 October 2022


Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Currently enrolled at inpatient rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation Charlotte
Diagnosis of spinal cord injury and concomitant pressure injury to sacrum or ischium
Agreeable to wound care treatment by Physical Therapist (PT)
Able to perform informed consent
Over 18 years of age
Physician order for PT wound care evaluation and treatment
Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment Tool (BWAT) >31 on initial evaluation

Exclusion Criteria

Pain which limits ability to tolerate wound care treatments
Unable to perform informed consent
Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment Tool (BWAT) <30 on initial evaluation
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