What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is research using human volunteers to answer a specific health question. For example, "does this new treatment provide more pain relief than a currently used treatment?"
Why participate in a trial?
For eligible participants, a clinical trial can provide access to new back pain treatments before they are commercially available and access to physicians at leading health care facilities during the trial. Risks include: ineffective treatment and possible mild to severe side effects of the experimental treatment.
Am I a candidate?
Each clinical trial listed here includes specific inclusion criteria (that allow someone to participate) and exclusion criteria (that disallow someone from participating). Interested individuals should carefully review these basic requirements before contacting a physician or center participating in a particular clinical trial.