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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01570647
Recruitment Status :
First Posted : April 4, 2012
Last Update Posted : October 9, 2013
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
The purpose of this study is to develop a measure - the needle torque test - capable of detecting connective tissue abnormalities associated with musculoskeletal disorders.
Condition or disease
Connective TissueMusculoskeletal Pain
Chronic musculoskeletal pain is a source of considerable disability, work absenteeism and health care costs. A major obstacle to the treatment of these conditions is the lack of methods to objectively assess connective tissues and measure the effect of treatments. Needle torque test technology under development in this project will potentially enable objective measurement of connective tissue abnormalities associated with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. This could help evaluate the efficacy of various treatments and enhance the objective monitoring of patient progress in clinical practice.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Inclusion Criteria for chronic low back pain subjects:
back pain that has disrupted activity for more than half the days in the past 12 months.
Inclusion Criteria for restricted hamstring subjects:
90/90 test of more than 20 degrees
Inclusion Criteria for systemic scleroderma subjects:
Inclusion criteria for joint hyperlaxity subjects: