Robotic Rehabilitation for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03483766|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : March 30, 2018
Last Update Posted : October 1, 2019
Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) have significant functional loss and poor quality of life. Individuals with cervical SCI are suffering much worse sickness within the SCI population. Tetraplegia resulting from cervical SCI bring a formidable emotional, physical, and financial burden in our society. Hand function is especially important to people with tetraplegia. Hand function is associated with independence in many activities, and impairments in upper extremity function can compound difficulties in many other areas, such as bowel and bladder management. Thus, it is not surprising that restoring hand function was found to be a priority for individuals with tetraplegia.
Nowadays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays an essential role in the diagnosis of SCI and helps to monitor disease progression and efficacy of therapies. Advanced MRI techniques, such as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional MRI (fMRI), have shown the potential to improve the understanding of human spinal cord in healthy and pathological condition, and serve as imaging biomarkers to characterize damage degree, monitor the response to treatment, and predict the outcome of intervention. Meanwhile, multi-channel EMG (Electromyography) recordings can provide a mapping of neuromuscular activities from an electrode-array.
The application of robotics in upper extremity function restoration of SCI patients has been started to help SCI patients to recovery upper extremity function. Combined DTI and fMRI to monitor the recovery of upper extremity function of SCI patients, this project will provide a tailored-made EMG driven soft-robotic hand prosthesis for tetraplegia individuals. We will provide the individuals with neuromuscular rehabilitation to preserve the residual function and to enhance the functional recovery. The eventual goal is to further design a useful robotic hand for regaining partial daily function to improve the quality of life for those individuals with tetraplegia.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Spinal Cord Injury||Device: Robotic Functional Rehabilitation system||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||5 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||This study will apply spinal cord resting-state fMRI and DTI to patients with cervical spinal cord injury. Findings with fMRI/DTI will compare to clinical hand function evaluation by using American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) with full ASIA sensory and motor examinations (International standards for neurological classification of spinal cord injury (ISNCSCI)). After baseline spinal cord MRI scan, those patients will receive 3 months muscle strength enhancement as pre-rehabilitation. Then, we will design robotic hand rehabilitation programme for each individuals. All participants will receive robotic rehabilitation for 1 year. After then, a follow-up spinal cord MRI scan and clinical assessment will evaluate the results of this project.|
|Masking Description:||Patients with tetraplegia under the care of our department will be recruited. Spinal cord resting-state fMRI and DTI, surface EMG tests from different muscles from arm will be detected to define 5 most possible suitable candidates for this project.|
|Primary Purpose:||Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||Individualized Robotic Functional Rehabilitation for Spinal Cord Injury|
|Actual Study Start Date :||September 1, 2017|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||May 31, 2020|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||May 31, 2020|
No Intervention: Baseline before robotic functional rehabilitation
Baseline spinal cord MRI scan
Experimental: post rehabilitation
Those patients will receive 3 months muscle strength enhancement as pre-rehabilitation. Then, we will design robotic hand rehabilitation programme for each individuals. All participants will receive robotic rehabilitation for 1 year. After then, a follow-up spinal cord MRI scan and clinical assessment will evaluate the results of this project.
Device: Robotic Functional Rehabilitation system
The tailored-made EMG driven soft-robotic hand prosthesis for tetraplegia individuals may help to preserve the residual function and to enhance the functional recovery.
- Spinal cord neuroimage [ Time Frame: Changes between baseline on enrollment and 12 months follow-up ]Advanced MRI techniques, such as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional MRI (fMRI)
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03483766
|The university of Hong Kong|
|Hong Kong, Hong Kong|