Physical CAM Therapies for Chronic Low Back Pain

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Identifier:
First received: August 1, 2003
Last updated: August 16, 2006
Last verified: August 2006

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.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Low Back Pain
Procedure: massage therapy
Procedure: chiropractic
Procedure: acupuncture
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Physical CAM Therapies 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: 120
Study Start Date: April 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2002

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • 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.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00065975

United States, Massachusetts
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 00000
Harvard medical school
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 00000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: David Eisenberg, MD Harvard Medical School
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00065975     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 AT000622-01, EisenbergD
Study First Received: August 1, 2003
Last Updated: August 16, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):
chronic low back pain
massage therapy
CAM therapies

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