Back & Pain Center Research Group

The Back Pain Consortium Research Program (BACPAC Study) 

Summary: 

  • The BACPAC study will test different ways to improve functioning and pain experienced by people with chronic low back pain. 

  • Participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 4 evidence based treatments that they will engage in for 8 weeks: self-administered acupressure; physical therapy and exercise; Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) therapy; or a regimen of Duloxetine (Cymbalta). 

  • Following this initial 8-week period, participants may be assigned to a different treatment to engage in for 8 weeks if their pain is not greatly improved. 

  • The study requires 5 visits with the research team at the Back & Pain Center, and includes 2 optional opportunities for additional assessment.

  • Findings will be used to assist clinicians in prescribing effective treatments based on the patient’s individual characteristics. 

Compensation: Participants are paid up to $1,320 upon completion of the study. 

Who can participate: Men and women between the ages of 25 and 70 with chronic low back pain may sign up to be further screened for eligibility. 

Email: bacpacstudy@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-763-5226

Interested in participating? Sign up to be screened at UMHealth

 

Biomarkers for Evaluating Spine Treatments (BEST Trial)

Summary: 

Compensation:

Inclusion criteria:

Email: BPCresearch@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-763-5226

Interested in participating? Sign up to be screened at UMHealth.

 

Examining domains of trauma response and their link to chronic pain

Summary: 

  • 200 adult Michigan Medicine patients will be recruited from the Pain and Social Experiences study registry. Participants will be adults aged 18-65 with mixed trauma history and pain characteristics. 

  • Patients (n = 200) will complete a baseline survey, a series of experimental tasks, then two follow-up surveys at 1-month and 3-months following the baseline visit.

  • Participants will be tested on social, pain, and other sensory sensitivity.

  • We will explore whether deficits in social perception and heightened sensitivity to negative social stimuli are associated with trauma exposure and associated consequences, and clinical pain outcomes.  

Compensation: 

Who can participate:

Email: BPCresearch@med.umich.edu 

Phone: 734-763-5226

 

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain (SCS for Pain)

Summary: 

  • Doctors sometimes treat chronic pain with devices that send mild electrical currents into the spinal cord. This type of treatment is referred to as neurostimulation. A common form of neurostimulation therapy is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS).

  • In this study, we want to learn more about how SCS affects pain processing and relieves pain. 

  • To find out, we will examine multiple forms of SCS in chronic pain patients who are receiving SCS from their own doctors as part of their standard of care. This study WILL NOT provide neurostimulation therapy or any other medical treatment. 

  • Participants will be expected to attend up to 6 visits over the course of 1-3 months.

Compensation: Participants will be compensated up to $700 depending on completion of study tasks.

Who can participate: Patients that are currently receiving SCS from their own doctors as part of their clinical care, are at least 18 years of age, and can speak, read, and understand English.

Email:jloechli@umich.edu

Phone: (734) 647-9052

 

Neurostim Study: Mechanisms underlying the chronic effects of neurostimulation therapies in pain management 

Summary: 

  • Doctors sometimes treat chronic pain with devices that apply electrical currents into the spinal cord. This type of treatment is referred to as neurostimulation. Two common forms of neurostimulation therapy are Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation (DRGS). 

  • In this study, we want to learn more about how SCS and DRGS achieve their long-term effects. 

  • Participants will be implanted with an SCS or DRGS device and will be expected to attend 5 visits with the study team to perform assessments.

Compensation: Participants will be compensated up to $940 upon completion of study tasks.

Who can participate: Chronic pain patients who are deemed eligible for SCS or DRGS therapy, are at least 18 years old, and can speak, read, and understand English.

Email: BPCresearch@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-763-5226

 

 

BURST Study: Clinical characterization of burst spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain management

Summary: 

  • Doctors sometimes treat chronic pain with devices that send mild electrical currents into the spinal cord. This type of treatment is referred to as neurostimulation. A common form of neurostimulation therapy is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS). 

  • Recently, a new type of SCS therapy, called Burst-SCS has become available to treat chronic pain. 

  • In this study, we will learn more about how Burst-SCS works to reduce pain by comparing a group of chronic pain patients receiving Burst-SCS with a group that is receiving the current standard of care. 

  • Participation requires patients to attend up to 5 visits over the course of 2-3 months to perform assessments.

Compensation: Participants will be compensated up to $380 upon completion of study tasks.

Who can participate: Chronic pain patients who are at least 18 years old; can speak, read, and understand English; have been deemed candidates for Burst-SCS therapy; and who are scheduled to receive a temporary trial of Burst-SCS from their own doctors may be further screened to determine eligibility.

Email: BPCresearch@med.umich.edu

Phone: 734-763-5226

 

auxMBSR Study

Summary: 

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a non-pharmacological form of pain management that is helpful for people suffering with arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and other forms of chronic pain

  • This study seeks to understand who benefits most from MBSR. 

  • Participation involves completion of 4 online questionnaires and completion of the 8 week MBSR program, which is held over Zoom.

  • Program includes 8 MBSR group therapy sessions and 1 4-hour “retreat”

Compensation: Subjects are unpaid volunteers. You will be provided the MBSR for chronic pain class free of charge (approximately a $400 value).

Inclusion criteria: Individuals with chronic pain that are between the ages of 25 and 70 may be screened to determine eligibility.

Phone: 734-615-5249

Email: MindfulnessLab@med.umich.edu

Web: UMHealthResearch.org/#studies/HUM00187535