Clinical Trials

Enhancing balance and gait in patients with MS – combined use of balance training with non-invasive brain stimulation

Type of Study/Intervention

Allied Health

Recruitment Status

Closed

Form of MS

Relapsing remitting MS

Brief summary

The Centre for Restorative Neurology at the Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute (WANRI) is currently recruiting for a clinical trial to improve walking and balance in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis by combining balance training and non-invasive brain stimulation.

This clinical trial will use some of the newer modalities of treatment in the rehabilitation of MS patients. This is a collaborative project between the Centre for Restorative Neurology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the MS Society of WA, and is supported by a grant from MS Research Australia.

This study aims to evaluate whether brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation – tDCS) added to a structured balance treatment program improves gait and balance, translating to increased mobility and independence in people with MS. The trial aims to recruit people who are able to walk independently and have mild to moderate balance impairment.

This intervention will be in addition to their regular outpatient therapy program prescribed by their physicians.All patients will participate in 2 weekly sessions of structured balance therapy for 6 weeks (12 sessions, each about 2 hours). Half of the group will receive the brain stimulation and half will receive the sham stimulation. To date there have been no adverse effects associated with tDCS.

Principal Investigator: Clinical Professor Soumya Ghosh, Director, Centre for Restorative Neurolog Burton.

Co-investigators

Gary Thickbroom, Alec Ring, Michelle Byrnes, Ian Cooper, Jennifer Eisenhauer, David Hathorn, Emily Brough, Frank Mastaglia, Sue Walters, William Carroll, Allan Kermode and Jason Burton.

Inclusion criteria

People with relapsing remitting MS who are able to walk independently and have mild to moderate balance impairment.

Anticipated start date

Started

Recruitment contacts

Should you have questions about the study please contact:

Prof. Soumya Ghosh  or Ms Sue Walters
WANRI clinic
Phone: 08 9346 3980

or

Emily Brough
WANRI clinic
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 08 9346 3966

Region

WA

Last updated

April 2016

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