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Back Pain Clinical Research

Do you know why clinical trials for back pain are so needed? It should come as no surprise to anyone that low back pain is an all too common problem. Almost every single person will experience some pain in their back over the course of their lifetimes. It’s one of the leading causes of lost job time in the country.

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We are conducting low back pain clinical research in Port Orange to gain a better understanding of how to prevent this condition and treat people who have been hampered by it.

Are you interested in learning more about back pain clinical trials? You will find a form in the right hand corner of this page. Fill out the form and a member of our staff will then contact you to discuss upcoming research studies and your eligibility for enrollment or call us at (386) 760-7272 to speak with one of our experts about the back pain clinical studies in Port Orange.

Understanding Back Pain

The human backbone, or spine, is composed of more than 33 bones and connective tissues that extend from the base of skull to the pelvis. Protected within the vertebrae are essential nerve tissues that compose the spinal cord. A band of cartilage, which acts as a shock absorber for the back, is situated between each of the vertebrae.

The three main types of vertebrae are:

  • Cervical Vertebrae – These seven bones compose the upper section of the human spine
  • Thoracic Vertebrae – These are the 12 bones that make up the section of spine between the neck and lower back
  • Lumbar Vertebrae – The biggest and most resilient bones in the back make up the lower back (between the chest and hips)
  • Sacrum and Coccyx – These bones are what make up the very base of the spine. The sacrum is actually comprised of five vertebrae which are fused together, and the coccyx (the tailbone) is comprised of four vertebrae that have been fused together

A person’s back pain symptoms can range from rather mild to excruciating (and everything in between). As we have mentioned, this is one of the most common physical complaints known to mankind.

Your back pain could be the result of any of the following:

  • Sore muscles in the back or neck
  • Strained tendons or ligaments
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone fractures
  • Prior injuries
  • Medical conditions such as a osteoarthritis (OA) or spinal stenosis

What Causes Low Back Pain

If you were to look at a list of ailments that were more than likely “self-inflicted”, then back pain would rank right up near the top. Clinical studies have shown us that an overwhelming number of back-related complications are the result of a person’s poor lifestyle habits (it’s culminated over a long period of time).

Some of the worst bad habits include:

  • Poor overall posture
  • Overexerting yourself on the job or exercising
  • Poor posture while sitting at your desk or driving
  • Lifting, pulling or pushing heavy objects in an incorrect fashion

Obviously, there are times where these things may produce immediate back pain (like if you throw your back out lifting that box of books). However, things like poor posture can gradually add to a person’s back problems. You can learn more about what causes chronic low back pain by reading this page.

Different Types of Back Injury

Cases of low back pain are often the result of these two primary types of injury:

  • Spondylolisthesis – This term is used to describe a slipping of one of the vertebrae (usually one at the base of the spine). If someone has developed a fracture or defect in the wing-shaped portion of the vertebrae, it makes it more susceptible to slipping forward, backward, or even over the next bone in the spinal column.
  • Cervical Radiculopathy – This term describes any type of damage that may occur in the nerve endings near the cervical vertebrae (often the result of them being compressed or pinched). This can cause severe pain and a loss of sensation in the extremities depending on which nerve roots are damaged.

Back Pain Clinical Trials in Port Orange, FL

Are interested in taking part in a back pain clinical trial?

We’re available to answer your questions and get you enrolled in one of our studies. Anyone who is unfamiliar with the clinical research process should spend some time in our participant resource section.

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Qualified participants can receive compensation for their time and necessary travel. They’ll also receive the following free of charge:

  • Physical examinations
  • Laboratory services
  • Study related medication

Our team is conducting clinical trials for a wide range of medical conditions here in Port Orange. This means that we likely have an enrolling study that you can qualify for, even if you do not have Back Pain. If you are interested in helping us advance modern medicine and save more lives, please give us a call today at (386) 760-7272.