Participate in a Research Study on Chronic Low Back Pain

Do you (or someone you know) suffer from back pain?

You may be a candidate for this study if:

• You are 18 years of age or older, and

• You have had low back pain for a duration of three months or longer

Study participants will receive a low back examination and custom-made shoe orthotics (inserts) with or without chiropractic manipulations. The examinations and treatments involved in this study are at no cost to you.

For more information, watch the video above or read on.

Call the National University of Health Sciences Clinical Studies Office directly at (630) 889-6849 to see if you qualify.

Or, to have us contact you, please complete the form below.

Research Volunteer

Fields marked with an asterisk are required.

Ex. Weekdays, weekends, mornings, afternoons, evenings, after 5pm, etc.

Why Is this Study Being Done?

Approximately 85% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life. Even low levels of back pain can reduce a person's quality of life. However, treatment can be costly and time consuming.

Researchers at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL, recently conducted a study that indicated that chronic low back pain patients may experience relief after using custom-made shoe orthotics for a period of 6 weeks1. A larger study is needed to verify these results; therefore, the researchers at NUHS have initiated a new research study seeking 225 participants with chronic low back pain. Custom-made orthotics may be a low cost way for patients to address their pain without continued doctor appointments and expensive therapies.

What Will You Get?

After an initial telephone screen to determine if you are eligible for this study, you will be scheduled for a low back examination visit with a chiropractor. If you continue to qualify for the study following the examination, your feet will be scanned for custom-made shoe orthotics. You will be asked to wear the custom-made orthotics in your shoes for 6 to 12 weeks. Additionally, some participants will be asked to receive chiropractic manipulations as part of the study treatment.

What Is Your Time Commitment?

All study participants will be scheduled for 4 visits to our clinic during the study. If you are randomized to the chiropractic group, you may have 1-4 chiropractic visits/week over 6 weeks. Additionally, you will be asked to complete biweekly surveys during the 12 week treatment period (a total of 6 surveys) and 3 follow-up surveys during the year after study treatment. Each survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete and will keep us informed about how you are feeling throughout the study.

What Will this Cost You?

All exams, orthotics, and treatments are provided at no cost to you.

Where Is this Study Located?

All study visits are done in Lombard, IL at the Whole Health Center on the campus of the National University of Health Sciences at 200 E. Roosevelt Road, Bldg B.

How Do You Learn More?

If you would like to learn more now or see the therapies being used in this study, please watch the video above. Otherwise, feel free to call today to talk with one of our Research Assistants. You can typically reach one of our assistants Monday-Friday 8am-6pm or Saturday 8a-12pm at (630) 889-6849. Or fill out the web form above and we will call you at your convenience.

1. Cambron JA, Duarte M, Dexheimer J, Solecki T. Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. Manipulative Physiol Ther 2011; 34: 254-260.