Clinical trials provide access to breakthrough therapies for those seeking alternatives to surgery and other types of pain management. By participating, you’re playing an important role in the development of new treatments with the prospect of reducing or eliminating your pain. The most commonly performed clinical trials evaluate new drugs, medical devices, therapies or other interventions.
Who Can Participate?
All clinical trials have specific guidelines about who can participate; a potential participant must qualify for a clinical trial. In most clinical trials, one group of patients will be given the experimental treatment, while the control group is given the standard treatment for their particular injury or disease.
How are Clinical Trials Funded and Regulated?
Clinical trials are sponsored and/or funded by a variety of organizations and/or individuals, and every clinical trial in the U.S. must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure the risks are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits. The IRB also ensures that clinical trials are ethical, and the rights of study participants are protected. All institutions that conduct research involving people must, by federal regulation, have an IRB that initially approves and periodically reviews the research being conducted.
Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?
Some of the benefits of participating in a clinical trial include:
- Playing an active role in your own health care
- Gaining access to new research treatments before they are widely available
- Obtaining expert medical care during the trial
- Helping others by contributing to medical research
Our Current Clinical Trials
- Boston Scientific SCS Trial (Spinal Cord Stimulation)
- Abbott DRG and SCS post-approval studies (Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation and Spinal Cord Stimulation)
- Sollis RePRIEVE-CM Study (Injection for Sciatica)
If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials and how you might participate, talk with your medical provider.