What is the purpose of this study?
The purposes of the Measuring Chiropractic Delivery for Neck Pain research study are to:
- assess how a doctor of chiropractic delivers 3 different forms of an established manual therapy for neck pain or neck-related arm pain.
- measure the action taking place in your neck muscles during the manual therapy procedure using standard research devices.
- measure patient-centered clinical outcomes from study procedures using research forms, including your level of neck or neck-related arm pain, how your neck functions or moves, and your general health and quality of life.
- assess your perceptions of the study procedures on research forms during the study and in a short interview at the end of the study.
What is experimental about this study?
This study includes 3 variants of an established chiropractic (manual therapy) procedure used for the care of neck or pain in your shoulders, arms or hands that may be coming from your neck. The experimental parts of this study are measuring the doctor’s treatment delivery as well as the activity generated from your neck muscles while the procedures are performed.
Who is eligible to take part in this study?
You may be able to take part in this study if you are 18 to 70 years old and have neck pain or neck-related arm pain. You will complete research forms and have an exam by our study doctor to make sure you can take part in this study.
How long will I be in this study?
You may be involved in this study for up to 6 weeks. The screening process may take between 1 and 4 weeks to see if you can take part in this study. If you are able to participate, you will be asked to return to our clinic for 5 visits during a 2-week time span. Visits to the research clinic will last between 1-3 hours.
What are the risks of this study?
The exams and treatments used in this study involve minimal risks. The possible risks in this study include procedure side effects or injuries, discomfort during the measurements and other occurrences.
What are the benefits of this study?
There may be no direct benefit to you from taking part in this study. On the other hand, you may experience an improvement in your neck pain or neck-related arm pain. In either case, the research community and the general public may benefit from the knowledge gained about the care of patients with neck pain from this study.
How can I participate in this study?
You may begin the process by filling out this form or by calling us at (563) 884-5188.