Ask the Doctor
Q: I feel like I’ve tried everything to relieve my back pain. Do you suggest participating in back research studies?
A: The first thing to do is contact your current spine doctor about any trials he or she might be conducting. Fortunately, there are many different research studies for the treatment of back pain and you just might be a candidate.
Secondly, our back research page provides information about candidates for individual studies and clinics where the research is performed. Call a center near you and ask about specific trials. If you are a match for the criteria, they will send you information about what treatments are involved, the potential benefits and risks, costs and what’s required to get started. For example, you will likely be asked to complete questionnaires, have x-rays or MRI scans, and other requirements.
Be aware that many studies require you to complete questionnaires and have x-rays made for several follow up visits, including annual check-ups for two to five years.