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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03534531
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2019 by Joshua Levin, Stanford University. Recruitment status was: Recruiting
The purpose of this study is to determine if cortisone shots in the neck are helpful in patients with certain MRI findings. Additionally, the investigators hope to learn if cervical facet joint steroid injections are beneficial in the subset of patients with MRI findings consistent with facet joint synovitis.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
This study will be done on patients with neck pain who have a specific MRI finding. Patients who are at least 18 years old and have had neck pain for at least 4 weeks may be eligible.
at least 18 years old
Patient who will be getting a neck cortisone shot for pain that has been there for at least 4 weeks
A specific MRI finding (increased Short Tau Inversion Recovery signal) around 1 or more of the joints in the neck
Those receiving disability, worker's compensation, or are involved in litigation related to their pain.
Those unable to read English and complete the assessment instruments.
Those unable to attend follow up appointments
The patient is incarcerated.
Grade 2 or greater spondylolisthesis at the involved or adjacent segments.
History of prior posterior cervical surgery. Anterior cervical surgery is not an exclusion criteria.
Progressive motor deficit, and/or clinical signs of myelopathy.
Prior neck cortisone shots within the past 6 months.
Possible pregnancy or other reason that precludes the use of fluoroscopy.