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El Paso, Texas 79920


The specific aims of this research project are to determine feasibility of, and the comparative treatment effect size for, conducting a larger clinical trial of Manual/Manipulative Therapy (M/MT) in restoring peak performance in military personnel in operational environments and to evaluate the ability of the addition of M/MT to standard care to decrease pain and increase function for patients with low back pain. The following two hypotheses will guide the data collection: 1. The primary hypothesis is that the addition of acourse of M/MT to standard care for low back pain will decrease pain at 4 weeks when compared to standard care alone 2. In addition, the secondary hypothesis will be that the addition of a course of M/MT to standard care for low back pain will decrease pain and increase function over 2 and 4 weeks when compared to standard care alone

Study summary:

Musculoskeletal injuries are among the highest frequency injuries in military personnel(1). These may result from training exercises, normal job duties, or recreational activities (2). Such injuries may cause reduced levels of performance and therefore decrease military readiness (1). This prospective, randomized, clinical trial compares manual/manipulative therapy (M/MT) and standard care to standard care alone for episodes of low back pain. Patients will be randomized to standard care or standard care plus M/MT. Standard care consists of medication prescribed by the credentialed medical provider; M/MT will be delivered by the chiropractor physician. The trial time period will be 4 weeks with outcome measurements at intake, 2 weeks, and 4 weeks. Outcome measures include the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for pain, Roland-Morris Low Back Pain and Disability Questionnaire (RDQ), the Back Pain Functional Scale for assessing function (3), Global Improvement Questionnaire for patient perception regarding improvement in function, Patient Expectation and Patient Satisfaction Questionnaires to examine patient expectations toward care and reception of that care, and drug use and profiles. The SF-36 will be used to measure the general health component and quality of life of our sample (4). This will be a pragmatic study that will allow us the opportunity to develop further investigations leading to a larger scale and more robust clinical trial. In addition, this study will provide information on the challenges and opportunities involved in conducting clinical research concerning M/MT in a military setting and may lead to additional studies at a wider number of bases throughout the US.


Inclusion Criteria: - Active Duty - Aged 18-35 - New episode of low back pain (LBP) or a reoccurence of a past episode of low back pain Exclusion Criteria: - LBP from other somatic tissues as determined by history, examination, and course (i.e. pain referred from visceral conditions) - Radicular pain worse than back pain - Co-morbid pathology or poor health conditions that may directly impact spinal pain. Patients who have case histories and physical examination findings indicating other than average health will be excluded from the study - Bone and joint pathology contraindicating patient for M/MT. Patients with spinal fracture, tumors, infections, inflammatory arthropathies and significant osteoporosis will be referred for appropriate care and will be excluded from the study - Other contraindications for M/MT of the lumbar spine and pelvis (i.e. bleeding disorders or anticoagulant therapy) - Pregnancy (all potential female participants will undergo pregnancy testing) - Use of manipulative care for any reason within the past month - Unable to follow course of care for four weeks - Unable to give informed consent for any reason - Unable to confirm that they will not be deployed during the course of the study: "Will you be deployed, receiving orders for a distant temporary active duty assignment, attending training at a distant sight, or otherwise absent from Ft. Bliss over the next 6 weeks?"



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
CPT Keith P Myers, MD
William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Roxana Delgado, MS
Phone: 915-569-3245/3245
Email: roxana.delgado@amedd.army.mil

Backup Contact:

Email: keith.myers@amedd.army.mil
CPT Keith P Myers, MD
Phone: 915-569-3245

Location Contact:

El Paso, Texas 79920
United States

Roxana Delgado, MS
Phone: 915-569-2857
Email: roxana.delgado@amedd.army.mil

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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