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Efficacy of Instrumental Chiropractic Treatment Using Activator Methods for Pain and Dysfunction in Juvenile Athletes

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01449994
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 10, 2011
Last Update Posted : February 8, 2012
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Frank Schneider, MD, Medical University of Graz

Brief Summary:

The goal of the study is to prove efficacy of instrumental chiropractic treatment for leg pain in juvenile athletes.

A randomized placebo controlled clinical trial including juvenile athletes with functional impairment and pain in thigh, leg or foot is performed.

Hypothesis: Instrumental chiropractic treatment with the "activator instrument "following the "activator methods" diagnostic evaluation should lead to significant improvement of complaints and functional impairment compared to the control group treated by a deactivated instrument following a sham evaluation protocol.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pain in Leg, Unspecified Knee Sprain Device: Activator IV (Activator Methods Int. Phoenix, Arizona) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Pain and functional impairment may force young athletes to interrupt training plans and/or even stay away from competition. Usually elite athletes run through an abundance of tests and diagnostic features-too often these high cost diagnostics don´t provide useful information for treatment. Treating the symptoms in the first place (after ruling out severe pathology) will reduce the need for extensive diagnostic routines and bring athletes back to competition earlier.

In our outpatient department of young elite sportsmen chiropractic instrumental treatment is performed routinely- mostly a pain reduction of 3-4 levels in VAS is achieved within the first session of treatment.

The following study is thought to prove the efficacy of the Chiropractic Instrumental Treatment performed at our sports-medicine outpatient department.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 26 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy of Instrumental Chiropractic Treatment Using Activator Methods for Pain and Dysfunction.A Randomized Placebo-controlled Clinical Study on Juvenile Athletes With Leg Pain
Study Start Date : July 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2012

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MedlinePlus related topics: Chiropractic
U.S. FDA Resources

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: Placebo-Activator
Treatment with Placebo Activator IV
Device: Activator IV (Activator Methods Int. Phoenix, Arizona)
Instruments gives a defined impulse on specified areas of the body
Other Name: Chiropractic adjusting instrument
Active Comparator: Activator
Treatment with Activator IV adjusting instrument
Device: Activator IV (Activator Methods Int. Phoenix, Arizona)
Instruments gives a defined impulse on specified areas of the body
Other Name: Chiropractic adjusting instrument



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reduction of Pain [ Time Frame: 1 week ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • functional problems in the lower extremities

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe pathology that requires different treatment

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Locations
Austria
MedUni Graz Pediatric Surgery and Ped. Orthopedics
Graz, Styria, Austria, 8036
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Graz
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Frank J Schneider, MD Meical University Graz Department of pediatric orthopedics

Responsible Party: Frank Schneider, MD, senior orthopedic surgeon, Medical University of Graz
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01449994     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Activator in Austria
First Posted: October 10, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 8, 2012
Last Verified: February 2012

Keywords provided by Frank Schneider, MD, Medical University of Graz:
knee
hip
ankle
foot
pain
lower limb
activator
instrumental
chiropractic
Painful functional conditions of the lower extremity