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Gainesville, Florida 32610


This is study testing the feasibility of collecting neurophysiological measures of outcome related to body-based interventions for low back pain. The investigators will collect fMRI and psychophysical data about pain sensitivity before and after the interventions. Participants will be randomly assigned to either spinal manipulation or therapeutic touch groups. Participants will attend two practice sessions prior to the first data collection. There will be two follow-up assessments.

Study summary:

Participants will be enrolled from VA pain clinical at the North Florida/South George VA Medical Center. The investigators will collect functional magnetic resonance imaging data of resting state and pain-related events (i.i. during thermal pain sensitivity testing, as well as psychophysical data to determine pain sensitivity. Pain sensitivity will be measured using thermal and mechanical stimuli. These data will be collected before and after the interventions, in addition to two follow-up sessions after intervention. In addition, clinical measures of pain intensity in the low back, as well as trunk range of motion and strength will also be collected.


Inclusion Criteria: - complaints of current back pain that they rate at least 40 on a 101-point numeric rating scale - Participants must able to understand written and spoken English Exclusion Criteria: - currently receiving treatment for LBP or have received SMT for LBP in the past year - Quebec Task Force on Spinal Disorders (QTFSD) to identify patients with pre-existing nerve root compression, spinal stenosis, or post-surgery - any chronic medical conditions that may affect pain perception (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, headaches) - any contraindication to MRI



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Principal Investigator
Mark D Bishop, PhD
University of Florida

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Location Contact:

Gainesville, Florida 32610
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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