Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Assisted Walking: Enhancement of Walking Function After Stroke

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • participants needed
    40
  • sponsor
    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Updated on 7 November 2020
Investigator
Naaz Kapadia, MSc
Primary Contact
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute: Lyndhurst Centre (7.5 mi away) Contact
electrical stimulation

Summary

The purpose of this study is to determine if a form of exercise,known as electrical stimulation can improve walking function and other important health outcomes. The hypothesis is that electrical stimulation can enhance the ability to walk for stroke survivors who are unable to walk on their on their own.

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A stroke is a devastating life event, that can result in permanent disability. Many people who survive a stroke will experience paralysis on one side of their body. The muscles in one leg may become weaker or stiff to the point that the person can barely walk. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is an intervention that applies short current pulses to muscles and causes them to contract. Previous work done by our team has used FES in the spinal cord injured population to help restore functions such as walking and grasping by contracting groups of paralyzed muscles in an orchestrated manner. This study seeks to explore whether a thrice weekly FES-assisted walking intervention for a 8 week period can stimulate or improve walking ability in individuals with severe lower extremity paralysis secondary to a stroke. This will subsequently promote opportunities for enhanced social participation and quality of life i.e. enhanced balance, increased independence of activities of daily living etc. for stroke consumers. Comparison: 40 individuals with severe hemiplegia will be randomized to either a thrice weekly control (false) FES training regimen OR a thrice weekly intervention (true) FES training regimen. Prior to randomization, participants will be stratified according to their ability to ambulate (walk). This study will determine if FES can improve or enhance walking ability associated with stroke after 8 weeks of training, and after 4-month follow-up period.

Details
Condition Stroke
Treatment Compex Motion Stimulator
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT00552916
SponsorToronto Rehabilitation Institute
Last Modified on7 November 2020

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