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Seattle, Washington


This study will compare the effectiveness of yoga classes, exercise classes, and a self-care book in the management of pain and function for people with low back pain.

Study summary:

Back problems are among the most prevalent conditions affecting adults and are a leading reason for using complementary or alternative medical (CAM) therapies. Despite the common use of CAM therapies for back pain, little is known about how they compare with conventional treatments. This study will lay the groundwork for a full-scale trial that compares yoga with conventional exercise and usual care for chronic low back pain. This study will randomize 30 people with chronic low back pain to each of the following groups: yoga, a conventional therapeutic exercise program, and usual care. There will be 12 weeks of weekly treatment and follow-up assessments via phone at 6, 12, and 26 weeks to measure each treatment's impact on symptoms, function, quality of life, and utilization and costs of back pain related care.


Inclusion criteria: - Group Health Cooperative enrollee - Uncomplicated low back pain - At least moderate pain levels Exclusion criteria: - Sciatica persisting 3 or more months after physician visit - History of cancer (other than nonmelanoma skin cancer) - Severe disk problems - Unstable medical conditions - Back surgery within past 3 years - Physically unable to do the yoga or exercise classes and homework - Unable to attend classes - Currently doing yoga - Taken exercise class for back pain within past year - Currently in litigation for back pain - Seeking other treatment for back pain



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Karen J. Sherman, Ph.D.
Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative

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Location Contact:

Seattle, Washington
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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