Low Back Pain Clinical Trials & Research
Do you know why clinical trials for back pain are so needed? It should come as no surprise to anyone that back pain is an all too common problem. Almost every single person will experience at least some pain in their back over the course of their lifetimes. This type of physical complaint is one of the leading causes of lost job time in the country. The research here in Birmingham into back pain helps us gain a better understanding of how to prevent this condition and treat people who’ve been hampered by it.
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, so pretty much every single person on the planet has or will experience some form of back pain.
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 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 (its 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.
Low Back Pain Clinical Trials in Birmingham, AL
Achieve Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards certain conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our Alabama clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.
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Additional Resources for Patients with Back Pain
If you live around Central Alabama, click here to learn more about participating in a back pain clinical trial. Also, our sister site Avail Clinical Research conducts back pain clinical trials in DeLand, Florida.