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Using NI-ES to Treat Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04097015
Recruitment Status : Enrolling by invitation
First Posted : September 20, 2019
Last Update Posted : October 8, 2019
DuBois Vision Clinic
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
SCI Research Advancement

Brief Summary:
NI-ES therapy is a treatment that is being studied to potentially treat pain associated with SCI and may help movement below the injury site.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Spinal Cord Injuries Pain, Neuropathic Device: Alpha-Stim M Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The overall goal of this study is to assess the use of externally applied micro-current electrical stimulation in a subject with SCI to reduce pain and patient perceived improvement of quality of life first, and second, movement below the SCI injury. The Hypothesis is that NI-ES is beneficial in reducing pain following SCI injury, patient perceived quality of life measures, and functional outcomes. We plan to achieve this goal by conducting a Pain Questionnaire and assessment of movement below the injury site prior to external micro-current electrical stimulation with the Spinal Stim (Alpha-Stim M with the Ocular Interface and the Spinal Interface) and again six weeks following the first treatment. These results will be used to characterize the extent and duration of any improvement in pain and movement as a result of treatment with the Spinal Stim.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description: The intervention model is a single group assignment.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Using Non-Invasive Electrical Stimulation (NI-ES) to Treat Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Actual Study Start Date : September 20, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 31, 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : November 18, 2019

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment
The treatment or intervention is the use of NI-ES using a signal generator, Alpha-Stim M, with an Ocular Interface connected to one channel and a Spinal Interface to the other channel. The treatment is done at home for 40 minutes at a time, twice a day. The upper lids of the closed eyes are treated for 10 minutes and the lower lids of the closed eyes are treated for 10 minutes, alternated throughout the treatment time. The Spinal Interface is placed above the SCI for 40 minutes. The entire procedure is repeated for another 40 minutes for a second time. The participant will treat himself at home.
Device: Alpha-Stim M
Alpha-Stim M with and Ocular Interface and a Spinal Interface

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain reduction measured by Pain Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Reduce neuropathic pain

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Functional movement as measured by the ASIA Motor Score [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Movement below the SCI

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female
  • The presence of SCI
  • Pain associated with the SCI
  • Difficulty with body movement below the SCI

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Absence of SCI
  • Poor health
  • Deemed unsuitable for participation by the Investigator.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04097015

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United States, California
Home site
Buellton, California, United States, 93427
Sponsors and Collaborators
SCI Research Advancement
DuBois Vision Clinic

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Responsible Party: SCI Research Advancement Identifier: NCT04097015     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SCIRA001
First Posted: September 20, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 8, 2019
Last Verified: September 2019

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Device Product Not Approved or Cleared by U.S. FDA: No
Pediatric Postmarket Surveillance of a Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: Yes
Keywords provided by SCI Research Advancement:
Electrical Stimulation, Transcutaneous
Spinal Cord Injury
Neutrophic Pain
Functional Movements
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Spinal Cord Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms