5 Things to Consider When It Comes to Chronic Back Pain Clinical Trials

Author:  Shaunna Preston

Have you tried everything to rid yourself of back pain forever? Or even just for a little while? Have you looked in every doctor’s office, down every pharmacy aisle, and even the most remote reaches of Amazon only to find “solutions” that simply don’t work? It might be time to look into back pain clinical trials in your area!

Don’t know much about clinical research? Don’t worry, we’re here to ease you through the process of finding the right clinical trial for your chronic back pain.

Why should I take part in medical research? Are back pain clinical trials even safe?

Many patients with chronic back pain shy away from participating in a clinical trial, citing concerns about potential side effects and safety risks. It’s OK to be cautious before enrolling in a clinical research study, but it’s also important to note that healthcare researchers in America are required by law to follow a very strict set of rules in order to protect their participants from harm.

(For example, research clinics across the nation, including Injury Care Research, are required to provide you with an FDA regulated list of information about their back pain clinical trials before you sign any document agreeing to participate. )

No research clinic can honestly promise you that the treatment they are studying won’t have any side effects. However, all participants involved in Injury Care Research chronic back pain clinical trials receive the utmost care and close monitoring by our doctors throughout each study to ensure their safety!  

They also enjoy other benefits, too:

  • Study-related medications at no cost
  • Compensation for time and travel
  • No health insurance required

What should I consider when choosing a clinical trial for my chronic back pain?

Beginning the search is overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Here are five things you should consider when choosing which back pain clinical trials to apply to:

 

  • Do you feel comfortable and safe with the clinic’s staff?

 

      • While all clinics involved in medical research must meet minimum government requirements, all researchers are not created equal. If you decide to commit to a chronic back pain clinical trial, make sure that the research clinic running it has a reputation for good bedside manners, as well as taking time to answer patients’ questions thoroughly!

 

  • Where is the study located?

 

      • You will attend check-ups frequently throughout the course of the trial, so the research clinic you choose should be conveniently located close to your home.

 

  • What does your doctor think?

 

      • Have you asked a medical professional whether back pain clinical trials are a good fit for you?

 

  • Do you fall within the trial’s inclusion criteria?

 

      • What kinds of treatments have you tried before? Are any of them contraindicated with the treatment the chronic back pain clinical trials you’re considering are testing?  
      • What causes your chronic back pain? Does the trial require you to be previously diagnosed with a condition such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, or a spinal injury?
      • Is the study specifically designed for patients of a certain age, race, or gender?

 

  • Will your insurance cover the cost of back pain clinical trials?

 

    • Every study – and every insurance company- is a little bit different. Usually, (such as at Injury Care Research) insurance is not a requirement to participate in medical research because studies are funded by sponsors and/or the government. In some studies, though, insurance (such as private health insurance or Medicare) is necessary to cover the costs associated with routine patient care!

Are you in Boise, Idaho and open to participating in chronic back pain clinical trials?

Learn more about us!  We are conveniently located at 4850 N. Rosepoint Way, and always seeking volunteers! Our medical team is not only friendly but also passionate about ensuring our clinical research participants receive the highest quality of care. By joining an Injury Care Research study, you won’t just be finding a new treatment for your chronic back pain – you’ll also be contributing to new treatments and cures for generations to come to benefit from.