Try our beta test site
IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more...

Effect of Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) and Weight-Bearing on Bone in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

This study has been completed.
Eli Lilly and Company
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thomas J. Schnitzer, Northwestern University Identifier:
First received: January 20, 2009
Last updated: June 3, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
Individuals with spinal cord injury sustain significant loss of bone mass in their lower extremities (20-40% or more). This study evaluates the ability of PTH and weight-bearing, two interventions that build bone, to increase bone mass in this population.

Condition Intervention Phase
Bone Loss
Spinal Cord Injury
Drug: teriparatide
Other: weight-bearing
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of PTH Combined With Weight-Bearing on Bone Density and Bone Architecture in People With Spinal Cord Injury

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Northwestern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • BMD at Left Total Hip [ Time Frame: Baseline to 6 months ]
    Bone mineral density (gm/cm2) of the total hip region of interest on the left

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • P1NP [ Time Frame: Baseline to 6 months ]
    amino-terminal propeptide of type I collagen (P1NP)

Enrollment: 12
Study Start Date: June 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: PTH/Weight-Bearing Drug: teriparatide
teriparatide 20ug daily sc for 6 months
Other Name: Forteo
Other: weight-bearing
device assisted walking
Other Name: exercise

Detailed Description:
This pilot project aims to evaluate PTH with weight-bearing in a group of individuals with chronic SCI and loss of bone mass in their lower extremities. A convenience sample of 12 people with SCI will be enrolled into a 6 month study assessing the effects of a weight-bearing regime plus daily PTH (Forteo 20ug sc) on BMD and bone markers. Subjects will be evaluated at 3 and 6 months after initiating treatment with measurement of bone density as well as bone markers of formation and resorption. An optional extension to 12 months will be offered to all subjects.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age 18-75 years
  2. Complete SCI - total loss of motor function below level of lesion
  3. Capable of positioning to have DEXA performed
  4. Capable of undertaking the weight-bearing exercise regime
  5. Capable of reading and understanding informed consent document
  6. Able to self-administer PTH or have someone in the family who can do so
  7. T score <-2.5 or Z score <-1.5 on evaluation of total hip BMD
  8. No known endocrinopathies
  9. Normal TSH levels
  10. Normal 25-OH vitamin D levels
  11. Normal calcium levels
  12. Normal renal function (creatinine <2.0mg/dl)
  13. Able to return for all follow-up visits

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Surgical or other intervention resulting in metal or anatomy precluding obtaining DEXA and/or MRI measurements
  2. Other medical conditions that in the opinion of the investigator would preclude the subject from completing the study
  3. History of malignancy
  4. History of radiation therapy
  5. Unable to self-administer PTH or have it administered
  6. Elevated liver function tests >2x normal
  7. For males, significantly abnormal free testosterone levels
  8. Currently being prescribed anti-convulsants
  9. Currently being prescribed glucocorticoids, other than inhaled glucocorticoids
  10. Currently being prescribed any bone-active agents, including any bisphosphonate, raloxifene, hormone therapy (estrogen and estrogen/progestin), calcitonin or strontium-containing compounds.
  11. No previous history of bisphosphonate use
  12. No previous use of other bone-specific agents during past 2 years
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00826228

United States, Illinois
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Sponsors and Collaborators
Thomas J. Schnitzer
Eli Lilly and Company
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Principal Investigator: Thomas J Schnitzer, MD, PhD Northwestern University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Thomas J. Schnitzer, professor, Northwestern University Identifier: NCT00826228     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: STU00003009
Study First Received: January 20, 2009
Results First Received: April 17, 2013
Last Updated: June 3, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Bone Density Conservation Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on April 24, 2017