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Physical CAM Therapies for Chronic Low Back Pain

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) 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 Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: April 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2002

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.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: 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 Identifier: NCT00065975     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AT000622-01 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: August 1, 2003
Last Updated: August 16, 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 processed this record on April 26, 2017