What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this research study is to:
- measure the movement and muscle activity of lower back before and after a chiropractic treatment.
- compare spinal measurements of participants who show improvement from chiropractic treatment with measurements from participants who do not show improvement.
- measure some of the forces or pressures applied to the body during chiropractic treatment.
What is experimental about this study?
The chiropractic treatment used in this study is commonly used for the treatment of low back pain. The experimental part of this study involves measuring movement of your spine, activity of your back muscles, as well as forces or pressures occurring during the chiropractic treatment.
Who is eligible to take part in this study?
You may qualify for this study if you are 21 – 64 years old and you have had low back pain for at least 3 months. You will be asked to 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?
Determining if you qualify for the study can take between 1 and 4 weeks. If you qualify to participate in this study, you will be asked to come to our clinic for 2 visits per week for about 6-7 weeks.
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 treatment 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 back pain. In either case, the research community and the general public may benefit from the knowledge gained about the care of back 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.