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Physical CAM Therapies for Chronic Low Back Pain

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065975
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 5, 2003
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Low Back Pain Procedure: massage therapy Procedure: chiropractic Procedure: acupuncture Phase 2

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 120 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Physical CAM Therapies for Chronic Low Back Pain
Study Start Date : April 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2002

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MedlinePlus related topics: Back Pain
U.S. FDA Resources

Arms and Interventions

Outcome Measures

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
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

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00065975

United States, Massachusetts
Harvard medical school
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 00000
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 00000
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: David Eisenberg, MD Harvard Medical School
More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065975     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AT000622-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 5, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2006
Last Verified: August 2006

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
chronic low back pain
massage therapy
CAM therapies

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