The Effect of Locomotor Training on Children With Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
--Participation open to all Canadian residents--
The purpose of this study is to address how well children with incomplete spinal cord injuries of greater than 12 months duration who remain non-functional ambulators improve through body weight assisted treadmill training (BWATT).
Spinal Cord Injuries
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||The Effect of Locomotor Training on Children With Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries|
- 10 meter walk [ Time Frame: Baseline (time 0) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- 10 meter walk [ Time Frame: 9 weeks ]
- Pediatric Life Habits Questionnaire [ Time Frame: baseline (time 0) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Pediatric Life Habits Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 9 weeks ]
|Study Start Date:||March 2009|
In the past, this type of treatment has been offered to adults living with a spinal cord injury, but only recently has it been extended, in the US, to children so affected. Numerous trials indicate that BWSTT does improve human gait patterns in adults. As children have more neuroplasticity than adults, we believe they should respond well to BWSTT.
The BWSTT uses a counterweight harness system to unload the patient's body weight while he or she is on a treadmill. The patient's legs are manually moved by trained therapists through the human gait cycle while maintaining a correct upright posture. Functional and social re-integration outcome assessments are administered before and after each treatment period.
The aim, this year, is to recruit five children who have been living with a spinal cord injury for at least 12 months. The 12-month timeframe was chosen to limit any gait improvement from spontaneous recovery as well as to ensure medical stability.
The study will be conducted over a nine-week period. There are two three-week training sessions separated by a three-week rest period. The BWSTT therapy will be held twice daily for 30 minute sessions. The children and their families return home between the two training periods and are allowed to continue any conventional physiotherapy program they started prior to participating in the study. Outcomes will be re-evaluated during the second three-week training period.
|Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada|
|Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1A6|
|Principal Investigator:||Mohan Radhakrishna, Md, FRCPC||McGill University, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada|
|Study Chair:||Hugues Barbeau, Pt, PhD||McGill University|
|Study Chair:||Joanne Ruck-Gibis, Pt, MSc||McGill University|
|Study Chair:||Kathleen Montpetit, Ot, MSc||McGill University, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada|
|Study Chair:||Jean Ouellet, Md, FRCSC||McGill University, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada|