The Effect of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in Multiple Sclerosis

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Koen Cuypers, Hasselt University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01280539
First received: January 19, 2011
Last updated: September 4, 2012
Last verified: September 2012
  Purpose

In this study the researchers want to investigate the effects of long-term transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on the cortical excitability of persons with multiple sclerosis.


Condition Intervention
Multiple Sclerosis
Device: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Hasselt University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in cortical excitability [ Time Frame: Baseline, immediately after and 3 weeks after the intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Cortical excitability will be assessed using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)


Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: January 2011
Study Completion Date: June 2012
Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: TENS
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation will be applied on the impaired hand
Device: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
3 weeks, 5 times a week, 60 minutes a day.
Sham Comparator: Sham TENS
Sham TENS will be applied to the impaired hand
Device: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
3 weeks, 5 times a week, 60 minutes a day.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 68 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores between 2 and 6.5
  • Stable MS (no relapse during the last 3 months before study onset)
  • sensory impairment
  • age: between 18 and 68 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients with other pathologies associated with peripheral and/or central sensory dysfunction or under psychotropic or antiepileptic medication

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Locations
Belgium
Hasselt University (BIOMED)
Diepenbeek, Limburg, Belgium, 3590
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hasselt University
Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Koen Cuypers, Drs, Hasselt University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01280539     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MECU2012-002
Study First Received: January 19, 2011
Last Updated: September 4, 2012
Health Authority: Belgium: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Hasselt University:
Multiple Sclerosis
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
Cortical Excitability

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Sclerosis
Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Demyelinating Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Pathologic Processes

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