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Connective Tissue Motion Measure 2

This study has been completed.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Robert Davis, Stromatec, Inc. Identifier:
First received: January 30, 2013
Last updated: December 29, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
This study aims to compare the Connective Tissue Motion Measure (CTMM) in low back pain and no-low back pain subjects, evaluate the reliability of the CTMM, and examine the correlation of CTMM with low back pain symptoms, disability, and functional measures. The investigators hypothesize that CTMM will be reduced, on average, in low back pain subjects, that CTMM will be reliable with an intra-class correlation greater than 0.8, and CTMM will negatively correlate with low back pain symptoms, disability and functional measures.

Condition Intervention
Low Back Pain Musculoskeletal Pain Device: StromaGlide

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional

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Further study details as provided by Robert Davis, Stromatec, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Connective Tissue Shear Strain Motion [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
  • Change in Connective Tissue Shear Strain Motion [ Time Frame: Baseline to 1 hour ]
  • Change in Connective Tissue Shear Strain Motion [ Time Frame: Baseline to one day ]
  • Change in Connective Tissue Shear Strain Motion [ Time Frame: Baseline to one week ]

Enrollment: 195
Study Start Date: January 2013
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: October 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Low back pain subjects
Subjects with chronic or recurrent low back pain
Device: StromaGlide
No low back pain subjects
Subjects who are generally healthy with no low back pain
Device: StromaGlide


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Community sample

Inclusion Criteria for all subjects:

  • able to stand and walk without assistance
  • able to read and understand English
  • able to understand and sign a consent form

Inclusion Criteria for low back pain subjects:

  • history of recurrent or chronic low back pain

Inclusion criteria for no-low back pain subjects:

  • no history of low back pain or other chronic pain that has limited activities of daily living or work
  • numerical chronic pain index of less than 0.5

Exclusion Criteria for all subjects:

  • previous severe back or lower extremity injury or surgery
  • major structural spinal deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis, stenosis)
  • ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • neurological deficit (weakness or sensory loss, decreased deep tendon reflexes suggesting nerve root compression, but not subjective symptoms of nerve root irritation (sciatica))
  • radicular pain
  • neurological or major psychiatric disorder
  • bleeding disorders
  • corticosteroid or anticoagulant medication
  • substance abuse
  • pregnancy
  • active worker's compensation or disability case
  • in litigation for a low back pain problem
  • acute systemic infection
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01784094

United States, Vermont
Stromatec, Inc
Burlington, Vermont, United States, 05401
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stromatec, Inc.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Robert Davis, Principal Investigator, Stromatec, Inc. Identifier: NCT01784094     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2R44AT006085 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: January 30, 2013
Last Updated: December 29, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Low Back Pain
Back Pain
Musculoskeletal Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on June 22, 2017