Acute Tendon and Nerve Responses to Exercise
The purpose of this study is to use ultrasound to analyze the effects of a bout of circuit training on the upper extremity of persons with spinal cord injury and able-bodied controls.
Spinal Cord Injury
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||Acute Tendon and Nerve Responses to Exercise|
- Nerve cross-sectional area [ Time Frame: 1 day (Visit 1) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Nerve cross-sectional area will be measured via ultrasound. Images will be collected at least once (pre-activity) and up to every 10 minutes over an hour (post-activity).
|Study Start Date:||December 2008|
|Spinal Cord Injury|
Background: Manual wheelchair propulsion is a primary source of mobility for many individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Propelling a manual wheelchair over an extended period often leads to arm pain and, subsequently, to secondary disability. Over 50% of manual wheelchair users with SCI experience arm pain that limits their activities of daily living. The prevalence of shoulder pain and carpal tunnel syndrome among manual wheelchair users is between 31% and 73%, and 49% and 73% respectively. A circuit training protocol has been developed to strengthen and protect the muscles of people with SCI, and has been shown to improve muscle strength and endurance, and reduce HDLcholesterol levels.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to use ultrasound to analyze the effects of a bout of circuit training on the upper extremity of persons with SCI and able-bodied controls.
Hypotheses: All subjects will show an increase in nerve cross-sectional area after participation in the circuit training protocol. Nerves and tendons will become less echogenic after participation in the circuit training protocol. These changes will be more pronounced in persons with SCI.
Methods: Data collected will include history of pain, a physical exam, and ultrasound images of the nondominant upper extremity before and after a bout of circuit training, which includes exercises lifting weights and using an arm cycle. Before circuit training, ultrasound images will be collected once. After the circuit training, ultrasound images will be collected every 10 minutes over an hour. These images and will be used to measure the health and properties (such as size) of nerves, muscles, and tendons in the arm. Changes in these properties after a bout of circuit training will be related to history and physical exam information.
|United States, Florida|
|The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis|
|Miami, Florida, United States, 33136|
|Principal Investigator:||Mark S Nash, PhD||University of Miami, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis|