Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Research

A Randomized, Crossover Clinical Trial of Exoskeletal-assisted Walking to Improve Mobility, Bowel Function and Cardio-Metabolic Profiles in Persons with SCI

ReWalkDepartment of Defense funding in collaboration with the Bronx VAMC

Our most recent ongoing research work has been on the use of an exoskeletal device called ReWalk to potentially improve mobility, bowel function and cardiometabolic profiles in persons with spinal cord injury. This work is sponsored by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and is being done in conjunction with the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. 

Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury Pain with Acupuncture: A Clinical Trial

NEWLY AWARDED – Department of Defense funding in collaboration with the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

This trial proposes to compare pain, quality of life, and neurological functional outcomes in patients with new traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) treated with acupuncture in addition to standard pain management, to patients treated with standard pain management alone. Patients with SCI often experience chronic pain that is difficult to manage with only the use of typical pain medications. A few studies completed previously (including Dr. Gorman’s pilot project) suggest that acupuncture may reduce pain, improve quality of life, and improve neurological outcome in patients with SCI.

ReWalkKeep watching for updates as this trial begins in the Fall of 2017.

Development of a Biopsychosocial Prospective Surveillance Model of Shoulder Pain in Spinal Cord Injury

NEWLY AWARDED – Department of Defense funding in collaboration with Drexel University.

This study will investigate the progression of musculoskeletal (shoulder muscle flexibility, muscle strength, movement coordination, and rotator cuff health) and psychosocial (fear of movement, pain catastrophizing) impairments for the first year following SCI starting with inpatient rehabilitation, 6-months and one year following SCI. Our multi-site research will be performed at two facilities: Drexel University (in collaboration with Magee Rehabilitation Hospital) and University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedics Institute.

Keep watching for updates as this trial begins in the Fall of 2017.