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Low Back Research Study

A Research Collaboration between Bradley University and the University of Illinois College of Medicine

Participants completing this study will be reimbursed $25 for time and travel.

  • We are testing a pioneering concept on resting back muscle stiffness in patients with ankylosing spondylitis compared to healthy subjects without back pain and patients diagnosed with non-specific chronic low back pain.
  • This Peoria IRB approved study on causes of low back pain has not been performed in any research center at the present time.
  • We are recruiting subjects from all 3 groups between the ages of 25 to 46 years.
  • Healthy subjects must be pain free to participate.
  • Subjects with chronic low back pain should have symptoms for at least 3 months, without a specific diagnosis as the cause of their back pain, such as fracture or sciatica.
  • This study uses a new, non-invasive electronic device that gently touches your skin to measure relaxed low back muscle stiffness.
  • Measurements are painless, take about 30 minutes to complete, and are performed at convenient schedules on Bradley’s Campus.
  • Each participant will be required to fill out a health history questionnaire and to complete the measurements.
  • To participate select Request  Information