The Patient Response to Graded Sensory Stimulation (PRoGReSS) Pilot Study will measure back pain perceptions in participants who receive either chiropractic treatment or foot massage. The study will also measure your back pain and function with research questionnaires and other measures. You may qualify for this study if you are 21 – 65 years old and have had low back pain for at least 12 weeks.
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of the PRoGReSS Study is to evaluate if different treatment options improve low back pain and low back perception in persons with back pain.
People who enroll in this study will be placed at random into 1 of 2 study groups:
1) chiropractic treatment with focused touch and visual input, and
2) foot massage.
You will receive only the procedures given in your assigned study group.
In this study, the researchers will:
- Measure your back pain and function using research forms.
- Test your ability to discern different touch sensations in your low back.
- 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?
The chiropractic treatment, massage, and assessment procedures used in this study are commonly used with people who have pain. The experimental part of this study involves studying the effects of different combinations of treatment procedures and visual input and measuring your low back pain and perceptions.
Who is eligible to take part in this study?
You may qualify for this study if you are 21 – 65 years old and you have had low back pain for at least 12 weeks. You will be asked to complete clinical forms and have a clinical exam by a doctor of chiropractic to make sure you can take part in this study.
How long will I be in this study?
It may take 1-to-4 weeks to see if you qualify for the study. If you qualify to participate in this study, you will come to our clinic for study visits 2 times per week for 4 weeks. Study visits at the research clinic will last between 30 minutes and 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 study procedures, 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.