Back Pain Clinical Trials Part II

If you are participating in a back pain clinical trial, you may have a lot of questions about how the process works, including the more technical side of clinical testing.

What are the different types of clinical trials?

There are actually several different types of clinical trials, including:

Treatment trials – these trials test new treatments.
Prevention trials – these trials find new ways to keep people healthy or keep a disease from returning.
Diagnostic trials – look for better ways to diagnose your back pain or cause.
Screening trials – look for better ways to detect your back pain or cause.
Quality of life trials – look for better ways to improve the quality of life of people with back pain.
What are the phases of a clinical trial?

Each clinical trial has four phases. You may be asked to participate in only one phase or in multiple phases of the study.

Phase I:

In this phase, a new drug or treatment for back pain is tested on a small group of healthy people. The overall safety of the drug or treatment is not known at this time. The test is to see if it has an side effects, how it works in the body and what the safe dosage will be.

Phase II:

The drug or treatment is now tested on a group of people with back pain to see if it is effective and to further test its overall safety. This is the phase in which they will create rating scales to help record the data gathered in the study.

Phase III:

Now the drug or treatment is ready for testing on a larger group of people with back pain and in multiple geographic sites.. It will look more closely at the effectiveness of this treatment, the side effects and overall safety. It will be rated on its ability to improve the quality of life of the patient. By Phase III, drugs will usually be considered for FDA approval.

Phase IV:

This is the final phase of testing and happens only after FDA approval. This will involve monitoring the drug or treatment after it’s been released to the public. Doctors will likely be prescribing it at this point. This phase of the study will look for risks, benefits and other possible uses for the drug.

What risks and safety measures are involved in a clinical trial?

A clinical study will always have some risks involved which is why they are conducted in a medical environment. Make sure you are aware of the risks before consenting and that you are aware of what safety measures will be involved in your study.

When you want relief from back pain after you’ve exhausted all of your options, a clinical trial could be the ideal opportunity to find something new that works for your needs. There are many causes of back pain and it is still somewhat misunderstood as to exactly what causes it and how to treat it in many cases, which is why research clinical trials are done regularly to find new methods of treatment for back relief.

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