New suit for treatment of pain
|Coordinator||Inerventions AB, Danderyd - Inerventions AB|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 2 406 004|
|Project duration||August 2019 - August 2021|
|Venture||Swelife and Medtech4Health - Collaborative Projects for Improved Health|
|Call||Swelife and Medtech4Health - Collaborative Projects for Improved Health (Spring 2019)|
Purpose and goal
Inerventions has developed a spasticity-reducing suit called Mollii, consisting of a jacket and a pair of trousers, with 29 incorporated electrode pairs. The suit has been developed for people with central nervous system injuries such as cerebral palsy or stroke. The goal of the current project is to develop a new version of the suit that focuses on reducing shoulder pain in stroke patients. The objective is to create an alternative pain-reducing method, which is neither invasive nor pharmacological and which could be of great value both for the individual and for the healthcare system.
Expected results and effects
Ongoing studies on the clinical effects of Mollii, focusing on measuring reduction of spasticity, have provided indications that the suit may also have pain reducing effects. Moreover, the company´s own follow-ups indicate a decreased degree of perceived pain. Therefore, in the present project, a new version of the suit is developed together with new treatment protocols and programming. The expected results are that the new version of the suit, may result in reduced pain in the stroke patients included in the study.
Planned approach and implementation
The suit is tested in a clinical trial including a total of 35 stroke patients with shoulder pain. In the first phase, a less advanced pain-focused suit is tested on 15 patients. 3 different therapy paradigms are being evaluated: (a) TENS, (b) a selectively programmed suit and (c) a multi-stimuli suit. This study provides indications of appropriate developmental steps. In phase 2, another 20 patients are tested which should result in a selection of the best protocols and functionalities of a new pain reducing suit.