Palmer Research Center Conducting Several
Clinical Trials on Back Pain

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is currently studying back pain through several groundbreaking clinical trials at its research clinic. About 500 people from throughout the Quad-City region who suffer from back pain are being recruited to participate in two separate clinical trials, expected to last up to 18 months. Both studies are funded through federal grants totaling $2.4 million.

One study, “Elderly Back Pain: Comparing Chiropractic to Medical Care,” which is funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, compares chiropractic to standard medical care for people over the age of 55 who suffer from chronic low-back pain.

The second study, “Predicting Patient Response to Spinal Manipulation,” focuses on identifying characteristics of low-back pain patients who respond to chiropractic adjustments, examining pre- and post-treatment biomechanical and physiological changes, and analyzing the external forces, or loads, applied to patients undergoing chiropractic care for low-back pain. This study is one of several projects in a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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