What is the purpose of this study?
This study was designed to determine the impact of aerobic exercise via
lower extremity functional electrical stimulation ergometry (RTI bike
training) on fatigue and quality of life for people with Multiple Sclerosis
who are non-ambulatory and unable to propel a standard stationary bike.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age, diagnosed with Multiple
Sclerosis, able and willing to comply with the study protocol and fitness
center visits, have appropriate range of motion in hips, knees, and ankles
for safe operation of the RTI bike, neurologically stable for at least
12 months prior to participation, complete and sign Casa Colina's
supervised fitness center release forms, have their referring physician
complete and sign the "Referral Screening Release" for the RTI bike.
Participants will be excluded if they have a cardiac demand pacemaker,
have an unhealed lower extremity fracture, are pregnant, have a history
of hip or knee dislocation or subluxation, have plates, screws, or pins
in the femur(s), have poorly controlled autonomic dysreflexia, have active
heterotropic ossification, have extreme osteoporosis, have severe spasticity
in the lower extremities, have pressure sores in the areas of treatment,
have prior experience with regular training using electrical stimulation.
What is involved with participation in this study?
If you are eligible and would like to participate, we will ask you to do
- Complete questionnaires to determine your level of fatigue and perceived
quality of life at the beginning of the study, monthly during participation,
and upon completion of the study.
- You (and a caregiver, if necessary) will be trained by a physical therapist
to independently use the functional electrical stimulation ergometer (RTI
bike) as part of a supervised fitness program at Casa Colina Hospital
and Centers for Healthcare.
- Participate in a supervised fitness program at Casa Colina Hospital and
Centers for Healthcare consisting of a 60-minute lower extremity functional
electrical stimulation ergometry (RTI bike) program 3x/week for 6 months.
MS Clinical Study Flyer
For more information or to find out if you or your patient qualifies, please contact:
Emily Rosario, Ph.D., Director of Research Institute
Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare
909/596-7733, ext. 3036 or