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Papers: 3 Jun 2023 - 9 Jun 2023

Clinical, Pediatric, Psychology

Human Studies, Neurobiology, Neuromodulation

Musculoskeletal Pain, Psychological/Comorbidities

2023 Jun 01



Safety and Feasibility of Cervical and Thoracic Transcutaneous Spinal Cord Stimulation to Improve Hand Motor Function in Children With Chronic Spinal Cord Injury.


Singh G, Keller A, Lucas K, Borders C, Stout D, King M, Parikh P, Stepp N, Ugiliweneza B, D'Amico JM, Gerasimenko Y, Behrman AL


In adults with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), transcutaneous spinal stimulation (scTS) has improved upper extremity strength and control. This novel noninvasive neurotherapeutic approach combined with training may modulate the inherent developmental plasticity of children with SCI, providing even greater improvements than training or stimulation alone. Because children with SCI represent a vulnerable population, we first must establish the safety and feasibility of any potential novel therapeutic approach. The objectives of this pilot study were to determine the safety, feasibility, and proof of principle of cervical and thoracic scTS for short-term effect on upper extremity strength in children with SCI.