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Clinical Trial on Back Pain - Actipatch

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD is recruiting for clinical trials for lower chronic back pain.   The study could benefit so many and if you think you might meet the requirements, please contact them directly using the details below.

The purpose of the trials is to determine the effectiveness of Actipatch.

The ActiPatch is a cutaneous device which is CE marked approved for relief of pain.  It is taped over the affected area and stimulation at a high frequency is reported to alleviate pain with no sensation.  However there is no class 1 evidence for this on back pain. By randomising patients between application of an active device or a dummy device and assessment of disability and pain scores at two weeks, the efficacy or otherwise can be established.  Low back pain is a major health problem and if effective this has major economic implications as the device is cheap and safe.


·       Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 90 Years (Adult, Senior)

·       Genders Eligible for Study: Both

·       Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No

Inclusion Criteria:

·       Participant is willing and able to give informed consent for participation in the trial.

·       In the Investigator's opinion, is able and willing to comply with all trial requirements.

·       Willing to allow his or her General Practitioner and consultant, if appropriate, to be notified of participation in the trial.

·       Male or female ages 18-90 years old with stable chronic low back pain

o  ≥3 months duration of chronic low back pain
a current VAS pain rating ≥5/10

o  no radiating pain below the knee

o  ≥75% back or buttock pain rather than lower extremity pain

·       Able to complete and tolerate treatment for the study period.

Exclusion Criteria:

·       Female participant who is pregnant

·       Significant renal or hepatic impairment.

·       Prior home use of pulsed shortwave therapy

·       Prior history of spinal fusion or failed spinal surgery syndrome.

·       Laminectomy, laminotomy or discectomy within 12 months of enrollment.

·       Diagnostic or interventional injections or any low back surgeries not mentioned above, including radiofrequency neuroablation within 6 months of enrollment.

·       Any addition of strong opiates, pregabalin and gabapentin to the treatment regime during the course of the trial

·       Current implanted cardiac demand pacemakers, defibrillators, cardiac pumps, spinal stimulators or other implanted electronic devices.

·       Patients using personal home based electrical stimulation devices

·       Patients with other concomitant illnesses (e.g., malignancy, osteoporosis) which, in the opinion of the investigator, would preclude successful patient participation will also be excluded

·       Active psychiatric disorders (as evidenced by use of antipsychotic or medication).

·       Patients diagnosed with history of significant mood disorder will be excluded (depression or anxiety with adequate control would be acceptable).

·       Scheduled elective surgery or other procedures requiring general anaesthesia during the trial.

·       Participant with life expectancy of less than 6 months, or inappropriate for placebo medication.

·       Any other significant disease or disorder which, in the opinion of the Investigator, may either put the participants at risk because of participation in the trial, or may influence the result of the trial, or the participant's ability to participate in the trial.

·       Participants who have participated in another research trial involving an investigational product in the past 12 weeks.

·       Participants who are not able to understand verbal or written English, and for whom adequate translation/interpretation cannot be readily obtained.

Contact: Tipu Z Aziz 01865231885 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact: Laurie Pycroft 07788804011 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

United Kingdom
John Radcliffe Hospital Recruiting
Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, OX3 9DU
Contact: Tipu Z Aziz 01865231885 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Principal Investigator: Tipu Z Aziz
Sub-Investigator: Laurie Pycroft
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oxford
ActiPatch Therapy for Back Pain


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