Completed Research Studies

5. Title: UAB Index of Motor Recover: Validation of an Outcome Measure for Motor Recovery in Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate a muscle testing measurement tool to look for any voluntary action of a lower extremity muscle group following spinal cord injury.

Principal Investigator: Ralph J. Marino, MD
Co-Investigator(s): Mary Schmidt-Read, MS, PT

Background: Outcome measures that are sensitive to motor changes that would normally occur over time in SCI, in addition to changes in strength that would occur as a result of a clinical intervention, do not currently exist. Such an instrument is important to evaluate effectiveness of clinical trials of neuroregeneration in SCI.

In this study, physical therapists will perform the muscle measurements, and they will ask you to try to move certain muscle groups from your hips down to your toes. Fourteen specific muscle groups will be tested in the legs and hips of the right and left sides of the body (equals 28 total groups). If voluntary movement is demonstrated in each muscle group (either palpable or greater strength) then it is graded as "yes". If it is not demonstrated then it is graded as "no". Each muscle group may be tested three times to try to obtain two positive grades. In each test, you will be asked to move the muscle group 2 or 3 times so that the therapist can be sure you intended to move the muscles.

If you have a new traumatic spinal cord injury, the muscle measurements will be done five different times over a one year period. If you had a traumatic spinal cord injury for three years or longer, the muscle measurements will be done two different times over a two week period.

Study Dates: October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2011

Status: Study Completed

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