Low Back Pain Research Study

The LB3P: Low Back Pain Research Study is part of a 13 site Back Pain research consortium. The three B’s are for the factors that contribute to back pain – biological, biomechanical and behavioral.  Researchers work together to create an integrated model of the contributors to chronic low back pain. This study will help to improve and individualize treatment. Researchers are from the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Physical Therapy, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Orthopaedic Surgery. The team is currently looking for individuals who are interested in helping with back pain treatment research.

The first study visit will take place at a Pitt lab on Second Avenue and Bates Street near the Hot Metal Bridge. The researchers will collect biological, biomechanical and behavioral information. This includes answering questions and providing biological samples. Samples that will be collected are saliva, blood, urine and stool. Individuals will be sent home with wearable sensors that will record their activity for seven days.

After the first study visit, follow up questions will be asked by phone or computer. These include medication use, experience of pain and function or activity. Some individuals will qualify for another piece of the study that will collect radiographic images of their back during normal movement.

Interested persons must be 18 or older, experiencing ongoing low back pain for more than 3 months in the last 6 months.

Individuals chosen to participate will be compensated for their time.

For more information, please call 412-459-6719 or email lowbackpainstudy@pitt.edu

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