ED Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Low Back Pain+1 More
ED Physical Therapy - Other
All Sexes
What conditions do you have?

Study Summary

This trial will evaluate an innovative model of an emergency department "embedded" physical therapist to treat patients with chronic low back pain, with a focus on improving patient functioning and reducing opioid use.

Eligible Conditions
  • Low Back Pain

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 2 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Three months after the index ED visit.

Day 1
ED Diagnostic Imaging Utilization
Three months after the index ED visit.
Advanced Healthcare Resource Utilization
Global Rating of Change (GROC)
Modified Oswestry Disability Index (ODI)
Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS)
Opioid Prescription Filling
PROMIS Pain Interference (PROMIS-PI)
Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS-4)
Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ-4)
Patient-Reported Opioid Use in Last 24 Hours
Patient-Reported Prescription Analgesic Use in Last 24 Hours
Prescription Analgesic Filling

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Usual Care
1 of 2
Embedded ED Physical Therapy
1 of 2

Active Control

Experimental Treatment

200 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: ED Physical Therapy · No Placebo Group · N/A

Embedded ED Physical Therapy
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: ED Physical Therapy · Intervention Types: Other
Usual CareNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: Usual Care · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: three months after the index ed visit.

Who is running the clinical trial?

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)FED
361 Previous Clinical Trials
7,009,038 Total Patients Enrolled
3 Trials studying Low Back Pain
2,880 Patients Enrolled for Low Back Pain
Northwestern UniversityLead Sponsor
1,434 Previous Clinical Trials
769,558 Total Patients Enrolled
9 Trials studying Low Back Pain
908 Patients Enrolled for Low Back Pain
Howard S Kim, MD MSPrincipal InvestigatorNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
1 Previous Clinical Trials
360 Total Patients Enrolled
1 Trials studying Low Back Pain
360 Patients Enrolled for Low Back Pain

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 7 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “Yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You have low back pain originating between your 12th rib and your buttocks.
You are evaluated when physical therapy is available.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 11th, 2021

Last Reviewed: November 8th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.