About the trial
The RESTORE clinical trial is a large scale research study in Australia exploring back pain treatments. We are trying to measure how effective existing treatments are for people with persistent low back pain, while also testing newer forms of treatment that involve individualised movement rehabilitation.
If you live in Perth or Sydney and are seeking care for back pain that has lasted 3 months or more, you may be eligible to participate. We will randomly assign willing participants to one of three groups: one group where we measure the effectiveness of whatever treatments you use over a year; and two groups where you engage in up to 7 free sessions of individualised movement rehabilitation with a physiotherapist.
Participating in this trial will help us to improve the treatments available to the millions people around the world who live with persistent low back pain.
The problem of back pain
Low Back Pain (LBP) is the number one cause of disability in Australia and its costs exceed those of cancer and diabetes combined [1, 2, 3]. Commonly used treatments in primary care (e.g. going to your GP or physiotherapist) produce only modest effects at best that are not sustained over time, and over half the people seeking care have persistent symptoms or recurrence of pain after one year . Current care models seem to be failing, with LBP-related disability increasing 45% from 1990 to 2010 .
Therefore, there is an urgent need for more effective interventions for those patients who do not improve with early management, in order to reduce chronicity and limit the number of people receiving expensive and potentially harmful interventions when they don't need to.
We are now recruiting participants for this landmark study. Continue reading or contact us to find out how you can get involved.
Below you will find a detailed summary of what participating in this trial involves. You can also download a copy of this as a PDF or contact us if you would rather discuss participating on the phone or by email.
This research is being conducted by a team of experts in back pain from around the world. Most of our team are both researchers and clinicians, representing the disciplines of physiotherapy, psychology and medicine. We all share a passion for finding new ways to help people with back pain access better treatment and live more enjoyable, meaningful lives. The team includes:
Associate Professor Peter Kent PhD
Professor Peter O’Sullivan PhD
Professor Anne Smith PhD
Dr Amity Campbell PhD
Dr Joao Paulo Caneiro PhD
Dr Rob Schütze PhD
Professor Mark Hancock PhD
Professor Terry Haines PhD
Dr Rob Laird PhD
Imperial College, UK
Professor Alison McGregor PhD
Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Qatar
Dr Kieran O’Sullivan PhD
University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Professor Jan Hartvigsen PhD
University of Western Australia
Associate Professor Alistair Vickery FRACGP
PERTH: | phone: 0401 809 827
SYDNEY: | phone: 0432 849 917