Clinical Trials for Low Back Pain

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate the causes of low back pain, and the safety and effectiveness of new medications and treatment devices.  The outcomes of research have helped doctors better understand low back disorders such as lumbar spinal stenosis, adult scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and sciatica.
Woman holding her low back, with a pained expressionThe majority of Americans will experience at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetimes. Unfortunately, for some patients with a lumbar disorder, pain is chronic and may radiate into their buttocks, thighs and below the knees.  Perhaps you have low back pain and are interested in learning about clinical trials.

Why Consider a Clinical Trial for Lumbar Pain Treatment?

A clinical trial may be a way you can receive top-tier treatment at a leading medical facility.  

Are Low Back Pain Clinical Trials Safe?

Safety comes first.  A clinical trial investigator or coordinator will not enroll a patient with low back pain who does not specifically meet the study’s inclusion and exclusion criteria. 

Any medical treatment offered has risks.  However, the risks associated with a clinical trial may be greater because the treatment method, drug, device or therapy is not approved for public use.  That is the purpose of clinical trials—to evaluate the safety and efficacy of whatever the research study involves.

Clinical Trial Professionals

Different medical professionals are involved in conducting a clinical trial for low back pain.  Some are board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, and/or pain medicine specialists.  Depending on the size of the clinical trial, several investigators, coordinators, nurses and other supporting medical staff (eg, patient advocates) are required. 

If you decide to participate in a low back pain clinical trial, be sure to ask as many questions as you need to understand the process, the outcomes, the risks, and the benefits.