Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00056212
First received: March 7, 2003
Last updated: August 17, 2006
Last verified: July 2006

March 7, 2003
August 17, 2006
July 2002
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Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain
Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain

This study will compare the effectiveness of yoga classes, exercise classes, and a self-care book in the management of pain and function for people with low back pain.

Back problems are among the most prevalent conditions affecting adults and are a leading reason for using complementary or alternative medical (CAM) therapies. Despite the common use of CAM therapies for back pain, little is known about how they compare with conventional treatments. This study will lay the groundwork for a full-scale trial that compares yoga with conventional exercise and usual care for chronic low back pain.

This study will randomize 30 people with chronic low back pain to each of the following groups: yoga, a conventional therapeutic exercise program, and usual care. There will be 12 weeks of weekly treatment and follow-up assessments via phone at 6, 12, and 26 weeks to measure each treatment's impact on symptoms, function, quality of life, and utilization and costs of back pain related care.

Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Low Back Pain
  • Behavioral: Yoga
  • Behavioral: Exercise
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Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Erro J, Miglioretti DL, Deyo RA. Comparing yoga, exercise, and a self-care book for chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med. 2005 Dec 20;143(12):849-56.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
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October 2004
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Inclusion criteria:

  • Group Health Cooperative enrollee
  • Uncomplicated low back pain
  • At least moderate pain levels

Exclusion criteria:

  • Sciatica persisting 3 or more months after physician visit
  • History of cancer (other than nonmelanoma skin cancer)
  • Severe disk problems
  • Unstable medical conditions
  • Back surgery within past 3 years
  • Physically unable to do the yoga or exercise classes and homework
  • Unable to attend classes
  • Currently doing yoga
  • Taken exercise class for back pain within past year
  • Currently in litigation for back pain
  • Seeking other treatment for back pain
Both
20 Years to 64 Years
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Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
 
NCT00056212
R21 AT001215-01
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
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Principal Investigator: Karen J. Sherman, Ph.D. Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
July 2006

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