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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation by Retraining the Brain

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Improving SCI Rehabilitation Interventions by Retraining the Brain

The Long-term goal of this project is to develop upper limb rehabilitation interventions that can be utilized for cervical Spinal Cord Injury survivors. This Study will utilize a novel method of non-invasive brain stimulation in conjunction with upper limb training given for 15 visits over a period of 3 weeks. The Study will include the following site visits: - Eligibility Screening and Informed Consent Visit. - Four testing visit in which motor function of the upper limb and neurophysiology will be measured - Fifteen intervention visits during which patients will receive upper limb training in conjunction with non-invasive brain stimulation - Repeat testing of motor function and neurophysiology of the upper limb following completion of intervention visits - a Follow-up visit completed 3 months after the completion of interventions

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Device - Active tDCS + task oriented practice

Participants in this arm will receive active tDCS(2mA) to the motor cortex(targeting the triceps) of the weaker upper limb for 2 30 minute cycles during each 2 hour upper limb training session. While receiving tDCS the participant will be performing task oriented practice for the weaker upper limb. Participants will receive these interventions for 5 days a week for 3 weeks.

Device - Sham tDCS + task oriented practice

Participants in this arm will receive sham tDCS(0mA) to the motor cortex(targeting the triceps) of the weaker upper limb for 2 30 minute cycles during each 2 hour upper limb training session. While receiving tDCS the participant will be performing task oriented practice for the weaker upper limb. Participants will receive these interventions for 5 days a week for 3 weeks.

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Improving SCI Rehabilitation Interventions by Retraining the Brain

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NCT03892746

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