The Use of Penile Vibratory Stimulation to Decrease Spasticity Following Spinal Cord Injury
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The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of penile vibratory stimulation on the muscle spasticity of men with chronic spinal cord injury.
Condition or disease
Spinal Cord InjuryMuscle Spasticity
Procedure: Penile Vibratory Stimulation
Spinal cord injury can result in mild to severe muscle spasms that can both inhibit functional capability and increase the likelihood of injury due to fall. Anecdotal reports and a recent study suggest that triggering the ejaculatory reflex in men with vibratory stimulation can result in a significant decrease in spasm activity over a period of 2 to 42 hours. This study examines the effects of penile vibratory stimulation on spasticity when conducted daily in the home setting.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 70 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Diagnosed with a traumatic spinal cord injury
Level of injury is at T6 or below
Injured at least 6 months prior to study enrollment
Male, aged 18 to 70 years
Spasticity to a degree that either anti-spasticity medications have been or are being used or current spasticity is at 2 or greater on the Ashworth scale specifically for the quadriceps muscle group (knee flexion)
Subjects may not use Cialis
Use of Viagra, Levitra, Caverject, or vacuum constriction devices is restricted to no less than 8 hours prior to daily vibratory therapy
Recent history of autonomic dysreflexia secondary to sexual stimulation
Presence of intrathecal Baclofen pumps
Inability or unwillingness to use the therapy daily