Chronic Low Back Pain
No medication, mobile heating device.
One visit to clinic lasting 5-6 hours.
Compensation: $150 for participation.
By definition chronic low back pain is a condition that has been present for at least 6 months or more days than not. If there is a radiating component of the low back pain the radiating component must have a pain rating less than the non-radiating component of the low back pain.
Subjects must have a pretreatment level of pain 4 or greater.
Ages 22 through 70.
Pain medications can be used prior to the trial; however, none can be used during the approximate four-hour trial. Other non-pain medications are permitted as needed.
Medications permitted during the trial include medications such as tramadol, codeine, NSAIDs, gabapentin and acetaminophen.
Medications including oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and methadone are excluded from the trial. Over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen are permitted.