BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - Low back pain-sufferers- listen up. There's a new study underway locally for a treatment that could possibly provide pain relief without surgery.
The only center participating in the Phase II clinical trial of NuQu in Alabama is in the Birmingham area. It's overseen by Dr. Brad Goodman at Alabama Orthopedic, Spine and Sports Medicine Associates. He says it's unlike surgery, physical therapy, pain medicine, or chiropractic treatment.
"Most of our treatments are aimed at trying to alleviate the symptoms of pain, but this is actually trying to regenerate the disk from the inside if you will," said Dr. Brad Goodman.
NuQu is reportedly derived from cartilage cells which are injected into the spines of patients in an outpatient procedure.
The goal is to regenerate damaged spinal disks.
If it works, he says it could help a lot of people.
"Low back pain is one of the most common maladies that affect our population. It affects about 65 million Americans. It's probably the second most common reason to go to a doctor and see a doctor- the most common reason being a head cold. So, so the problem is epidemic. And so this is exciting with the, with the idea being able to actually fix an underlying problem to, to regenerate the spinal disk," said Goodman.
"We're doing a phase two FDA trial so this medication has been tested in animals and it has also been tested in a very small population of adults so this is expanding the population into adults and specifically we're looking for patients that have clear cut low back pain due to the disk being degenerated. So we're looking for folks that have just one level of disk disease and chronic back pain of six months or more."
The following information comes from a NuQu fact sheet provided by Kirsten Thomas with The Ruth Group:
"Subjects may qualify if they:
- are at least 21 years of age
- have had low back pain for at least 6 months and have failed conservative management
- have never had previous surgery on their lower back
- are not severely overweight
- with the exception of back pain, are in pretty good health
For More Information:
Interested potential participants can call Alabama Orthopedic, Spine & Sports Medicine
Associates at 205-833-2228 or call 1-855-893-NuQu (6878)."
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