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Study Information

We are studying a new device for treating chronic low back pain (CLBP) and are enrolling adults age 18+ in a clinical research trial. If you have been diagnosed with CLBP by a physician for at least 6 months, have tried at least one physician-recommended pain medicine, and have no current diagnosis of substance dependence, you may be eligible to participate. We will use a method for stimulating the brain, called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), to attempt to change the way you feel about your pain.

The tDCS device uses a small electric current applied through removable electrodes placed on your scalp while awake. We will not need to shave any hair. Study participants will be randomly assigned to receive active or placebo tDCS, while following their regular health routine.

  • The study involves 10 visits to the Butler Hospital campus over a two-week period with a follow-up phone call approximately six (6) weeks later.
  • Compensation up to $60 is available for eligible study participants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Adults (18+) with a history of chronic low back pain made as a clinical diagnosis.
  • Any pre-existing pain medication must be stable for at least one month.
  • No lifetime DSM-IV diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other chronic psychotic conditions.
  • No current cancer, infection, or inflammatory arthritis.
  • No metal in your head or holes in your skull from trauma or surgery.
  • No implanted pacemakers, pumps, or other electronic hardware.

Butler Hospital

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