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Dose-response Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Spasticity and Walking in SCI

Principal Investigator: Edee Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA at Shepherd Center, Atlanta GA

Study Description: Whole body vibration (WBV) appears to influence spasticity and walking function and is often used as part of rehabilitation.  There is much to be learned about the influence of different WBV dose parameters such as vibration frequency and duration.  This study will evaluate how spasticity and walking are affected by different doses of WBV.  This information will assist in indentifying the optimal dose of WBV to decrease spasticity and improve walking function.

To participate in this study, you must:

Be between the ages of 16 – 65
Have had a spinal cord injury for at least 6 months
Have a spinal cord injury level of T-12 or above, with spasticity in your legs
Have the ability to stand (using your arms for balance) for at least 1 minute
Have the ability to advance at least one leg, using whatever assistive devices are typical for you

For more information or to sign-up for the study, please contact Beth Sasso at (404) 350-7551 or email: elizabeth_sasso [at] shepherd.org