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Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00056212
First received: March 7, 2003
Last updated: August 17, 2006
Last verified: July 2006
  Purpose

This study will compare the effectiveness of yoga classes, exercise classes, and a self-care book in the management of pain and function for people with low back pain.


Condition Intervention
Low Back Pain
Behavioral: Yoga
Behavioral: Exercise

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: July 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2004
Detailed Description:

Back problems are among the most prevalent conditions affecting adults and are a leading reason for using complementary or alternative medical (CAM) therapies. Despite the common use of CAM therapies for back pain, little is known about how they compare with conventional treatments. This study will lay the groundwork for a full-scale trial that compares yoga with conventional exercise and usual care for chronic low back pain.

This study will randomize 30 people with chronic low back pain to each of the following groups: yoga, a conventional therapeutic exercise program, and usual care. There will be 12 weeks of weekly treatment and follow-up assessments via phone at 6, 12, and 26 weeks to measure each treatment's impact on symptoms, function, quality of life, and utilization and costs of back pain related care.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 64 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • Group Health Cooperative enrollee
  • Uncomplicated low back pain
  • At least moderate pain levels

Exclusion criteria:

  • Sciatica persisting 3 or more months after physician visit
  • History of cancer (other than nonmelanoma skin cancer)
  • Severe disk problems
  • Unstable medical conditions
  • Back surgery within past 3 years
  • Physically unable to do the yoga or exercise classes and homework
  • Unable to attend classes
  • Currently doing yoga
  • Taken exercise class for back pain within past year
  • Currently in litigation for back pain
  • Seeking other treatment for back pain
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00056212

Locations
United States, Washington
Group Health Cooperative
Seattle, Washington, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Karen J. Sherman, Ph.D. Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative
  More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00056212     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21 AT001215-01
Study First Received: March 7, 2003
Last Updated: August 17, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Pain
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 20, 2014