Qigong and Exercise Therapy for Low Back Pain in Adults (QEBA)

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Charité University Medicine Berlin

Status

Completed

Conditions

Low Back Pain

Treatments

Procedure: qigong
Procedure: exercise therapy

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00993980
QEBA-09

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of qigong for the treatment of low back pain compared to a stabilizing exercise therapy.

Enrollment

127 patients

Sex

All

Ages

20 to 60 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • clinical diagnosis of chronic low back pain since at least 3 months and complaints for a maximum duration of 5 years
  • low back pain more prominent than other pain in the spine
  • average pain intensity of the last 7 days more or equal to 40 mm measured by a visual analogue scale (VAS 0 - 100 mm)
  • intellectual and physical ability to participate in the study
  • informed consent

Exclusion criteria

  • low back pain related to malignancy
  • low back pain due to an accident
  • inflammatory joint disorders
  • previous spine surgery
  • protrusion/prolapse of a spinal disk, spondylolisthesis, with radicular symptomatology
  • actually doing or planning to do other regular physical exercise during the study with possible positive effects on low back pain - such as swimming, yoga, pilates, tai chi, etc.
  • planning to do another therapy during the study with possible positive effects in low back pain, such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation etc.
  • use of pain drugs for other diseases (> 1x/week)
  • pregnancy
  • severe chronic or acute disease interfering with therapy attendance
  • alcohol or substance abuse
  • participation in another clinical trial in the last 6 months before study entry

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

127 participants in 2 patient groups

1
Experimental group
Description:
qigong
Treatment:
Procedure: qigong
2
Active Comparator group
Description:
exercise therapy
Treatment:
Procedure: exercise therapy

Trial contacts and locations

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