18 – Cycling Therapy for incomplete spinal cord injury (UCL)

Cycling Therapy for incomplete  spinal cord injury

University College London, Award: £18,791, Date of Award: 22 Aug 07

FES cycling has been found to improve voluntary function in one person with incomplete SCI. As a possible therapy, FES cycling offers the great advantage compared with treadmill- or Lokomat-walking, that it could be relatively low-cost and could be done often at home. We intend to carry out a study with 20 subjects, to compare FES cycling with passive cycling, in which the pedals are moved by a motor. We want to know how many subjects show improved walking, and the relative effect of passive versus active movement.

This is a grant application to develop instrumented cycling machines in preparation for the trial.