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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Chronic Low Back Pain, Low Back Pain or Back Pain
and you are
between 18 and 60
years old
The phase for this study is not defined.
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The purpose

We are doing this study to investigate the effects of acupuncture on chronic low back pain. We are interested in learning about brain activity during pain. We plan to look at brain activity at the beginning and the end of the study, after 6 sessions of acupuncture treatment. You will be randomly assigned to one of two groups to receive either real or placebo acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used for many years to help relieve pain. However, it is not clear how acupuncture works. Acupuncture may relieve pain by changing activity in the nervous system. Some studies indicate that acupuncture may relieve the low back pain. However, we need more research to see how well acupuncture works to relieve pain for people with this condition. In this study, we will measure your brain activity before and after you do exercises to make your back pain worse. We will also measure your brain activity while inflating a pressure cuff device on your lower leg. We will measure this brain activity using a research tool called functional MRI (fMRI). Functional MRI is a very fast MRI that uses radio waves and a magnet, and allows the study investigators to look at changes in blood flow to different parts of the brain when there are changes in brain activity.

Provided treatments

  • Procedure: Acupuncture

Locations near you

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT01595451. The sponsor of the trial is Brigham and Women's Hospital and it is looking for 79 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Brain Mechanisms of Acupuncture Treatment in Chronic Low Back Pain