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comeBACK Control Study

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Eligible participants may receive up to $150 in total gift cards for their time and effort by the end of the study.

Why is this study being done?

Funded by the NIH as part of the HEAL Initiative/BACPAC Consortium, the Control Study is an ancillary study to the comeBACK observational study. The purpose of this study is to gather information on adults with AND without chronic low back pain (cLBP) to identify characteristics and common traits, so we may better understand the contributors of low back pain. Our Control Cohort will be used for Case-Control analyses to investigate predictors of cLBP, cLPB subtypes, and risk factors. We want to be able to define cLBP phenotypes (groups of patient characteristics), pain mechanisms, and patient preferences that can guide successful treatments to allow researchers to create as complete an understanding of cLBP as possible.

As a comeBACK Control participant, you will participate in the following:

  • 1 clinic visit at UCSF Mission Bay

  • Physical exam, blood/stool/saliva collection, and MRIs of your low back

  • Questions about your health, quality of life (QOL), & medications

  • Wear motion sensors for 7 days


You may qualify for this study if you are:

  • At least 18 years old

  • Have NOT had treatment for low back pain or scoliosis, in the last 12 months (e.g., treatment = if you saw a physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath or medical doctor for the condition)

  • Have NOT had ANY previous spine surgery, ever

  • Have NOT had ANY hip or knee surgery, within the last 24 months

Please email if you are interested in participating.

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