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Last Call: Opportunity to Provide Input to NIH for Back Pain Consortium Research Program by October 18, 2018

October 15, 2018
Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Acting Deputy Director
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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Given our Center’s longstanding interests in funding rigorous research of complementary and integrative health approaches for pain, we are enthusiastic about a potential new translational research initiative that will address the need for effective and personalized therapies for chronic low back pain – the NIH Back Pain Research Consortium (BACPAC)

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has published a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input from researchers, health care professionals, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public for the BACPAC Research Program. You may submit your comments and suggestions through an online form until October 18, 2018.

The NIH is interested in receiving input on topics such as (but not limited to):
•    Characteristics and availability of current ongoing and planned back pain cohorts, including opportunities and obstacles to combining data from existing and new cohorts; 
•    Availability and feasibility of clinical, laboratory-based and other approaches for deep phenotyping of patients with back pain; 
•    Availability and feasibility of developing new and improved patient-based back pain algorithms that predict long term outcomes and inform selection of most efficacious treatment for the individual patient;
•    Research designs, including clinical trials, that might be appropriate to accomplish the development of data-driven algorithms for individualized treatment plans for those with chronic low back pain; 
•    Opportunities for development and testing of early stage technologies for diagnosis of low back pain;
•    Availability and preliminary information about non-addictive pain medications, drugs, biologics, devices, complementary, biopsychosocial and other interventions that can be tested in Phase 2 trials in the next 2-3-year time frame;
•    Opportunities and approaches to integrate data from biologic, molecular, imaging, biomechanical and other types of data into a dynamic model of back pain.

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Please read and use this as part of your guidelines for non-pharmacological treatments for pain for low back pain: research is strong and there are over 20,000 studies on Cochrane Review on acupuncture.  The joint commission for hospitals has called for insurance to cover non-pharmacological treatments for pain including back pain.

As a yoga instructor and yoga therapist for 37 years, and a former back sufferer,  I have extensive knowledge and experience in helping people cure or manage their back pain with various yoga techniques. Yoga is especially good for back pain caused by postural imbalance.  Yoga is self care that increases self knowledge and awareness. I have found that helping students become more aware of their posture, combined with strengthening and stretching, helps them achieve a more comfortable and balanced alignment, decompress their vertebrae and relieve pain. I would suggest studies inlcude a postural assessment and some customized home practices to achieve greater results. 

I have found Yamuna Body Rolling and Feldenkrais Method very effective in treating back pain

I really would love to lern about all these things I really want to lern how to stop my back pain it is very bad

I would like to add my expereience if possible as a chronic back pain experiencer and now a quantum biofeedback practitioner. Thanks

Thanks for your comment @Brahmi.  You may be interested in our September 2018 issue of Clinical Digest for Health Professionals where we review yoga for pain:  Additionally, a search of the NIH Reporter ( will lead you to research that we are currently funding on yoga. 

@Amy Mager, thank you for your comments and highlighting the research of one of our grantees ( Health professional organizations have cited our research in their guidelines. We do not develop guidelines, rather we support research to determine the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions, including nondrug approaches for pain, and their roles in improving health and health care.

Great Blog Thank You

I have been a RN for almost 40 years.  I have experienced multiple personal and family episodes of back pain,  luckily when no subsequent surgery.  We have used the self practice treatments of stretching, icing, chiropractic adjustments,  homeopathic remedy, and proper body mechanics.  I have used the arnica, apis and sphymtum remedy in lieu of any pain medicines.   In light of the severe opioid crisis in our country,  I would appreciate the US government dedicating research and development throughout the Health services agencies in alternatiave pain remedies.

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