Physical CAM Therapies for Chronic Low Back Pain

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Status and phase

Completed
Phase 2

Conditions

Chronic Low Back Pain

Treatments

Procedure: acupuncture
Procedure: massage therapy
Procedure: chiropractic

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

NIH

Identifiers

NCT00065975
EisenbergD
R01AT000622-01

Details and patient eligibility

About

This is a pilot randomized trial intended to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture, chiropractic and massage for chronic back pain in older and younger adults.

Sex

All

Ages

20+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

* Low back pain duration of at least 3 months; * Low back pain occurring in the past week; * No numbness or tingling in the lower extremities; * No pain that radiates to below the knee; * No use of massage, chiropractic or acupuncture for any reason in the past year; * Able to attend scheduled appointments; * Able to hear, read, and understand English; * No low back pain surgery in the past 3 years; * No unexplained weight loss; * No previous vertebral or spinal fractures; * No previous non-traumatic bone fractures; * No other spinal pathology, including scoliosis, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, or ankylosing spondylitis; * No cancer (except simple skin cancers) in the past 5 years; * No pacemakers; * No bleeding problems or anticoagulant use; * No major organ transplants; * No oral corticosteroid use for more than 4 consecutive weeks during the past year; * Cannot be pregnant; * Must be able to get down to and up from the floor by yourself; * Able to walk 2 flat city blocks unassisted; * Willing to participate in periodic telephone interviews.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

Trial contacts and locations

2

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