Aim of the project:
The aim of this project is to investigate if improving sleep in people who have a new episode of low back pain improves back pain.
Why are we doing this?
Research has shown that a bi-directional relationship exists between sleep quality and pain intensity in people with low back pain. That means that people with low back pain are more likely to sleep badly and people who sleep badly are more likely to report worse back pain. In this trial we are investigating whether improving sleep has a knock on effect on improving pain in people who have a new onset of pain at their lower back.
What would be required of me?
For this study we are recruiting participants who have a new onset of pain at their lower back, who are also not sleeping well. Participation is completely free to you and you do not need to change anything you are currently doing for your back pain. We would require you to attend one appointment at NeuRA in Randwick. There, you will be reviewed by a physician and given the intervention tablets and a monitor to wear on your back to measure your movement during sleep. You will be asked to take one tablet a night for 14 nights. During this time we will ask you to complete a sleep diary. We will ask you to fill out some questionnaires on 3 occasions; these can be done online.
Participation is completely free to you and you do not need to change anything you are currently doing for your low back pain. You will be reimbursed in the form of a Woolworths voucher to the value of $100 for your time.
How can I participate?
Please contact the Pain@NeuRA research team:
Phone: 02 9399 1627