Weighed down by lower back pain?

You could be eligible to take part in a trial.

Thousands of people have back pain with no apparent cause, and no immediate cure.


At the CGM Research Trust, we are committed to helping to find treatments for some of the most difficult conditions facing modern medicine, including Lower Back Pain.


We are conducting a trial to see whether an experimental treatment of antibiotics, injected into the affected spinal disk will help those with pain.


We hope that one day, lower back pain recover will be faster, easier and more complete - but we need to trial new medications to help this happen.

If you, or somebody you know, are interested in taking part in a clinical trial for lower back pain, fill out the form below or call us on 03 365 6777.


Antibiotics for Lower Back Pain

Are you currently aged between 18-70?

Have you had chronic back pain for at least 6 months?

Have you had no back surgery within the last 6 months?

If you have answered YES to the questions above,

you may be eligible to be part of a new trial being held in Christchurch.

This trial is looking at whether antibiotics, injected into the affected spinal disc, will help with lower back pain.

If you're interested in learning more about the study, please fill out the form below or call us on 03 365 6777

What happens next?

One of our clinical research nurses will be in contact. If you are interested and you meet the criteria for the study, we will offer you the opportunity to attend an appointment at CGM Research Trust in Christchurch, to discuss the study further.

If you decide to participate, we will make another appointment for more detailed assessments and a thorough physical examination. Whether you join the study or not, there is no cost associated with these visits.

If you are eligible for the study and would like to enrol, we’ll get you started on your first treatment. In this clinical trial you may recieve active medication or a placebo. This is an important part of any trial and helps ascertain whether a medication works or not. You will still receive specialist medical attention.

What if I get accepted into the study?

What if I don't get accepted for this study, or choose not to take part?

If you are offered a place in the study, you are free to choose whether or not you enrol, or to change your mind at any time.

If you enquire about the study and choose not to take part

We have new studies coming up all the time and we encourage you to join our contact list so we can let you know about any other studies that you might be interested in.

The CGM Research Trust is part of a global team to identify treatments for some of the most difficult conditions that impact day to day life that modern medicine is grappling with, including lower back pain. 

What are the benefits and risks of a clinical trial?

Each clinical trial has its own benefits and risks. But for the most part, clinical trials have some of the same potential benefits to participants:

  • You can access new research treatments before they are widely available.

  • Your participation may help others by contributing to medical research.

  • This opportunity may provide you with an effective treatment option.

  • By taking a more active role in your health care you may feel more in control.

  • You'll receive thorough cognitive and physical assessments.

  • For the course of the trial, you will see a Specialist and care team regularly and your progress will be monitored closely.

Some possible risks of being in a clinical trial can include:

  • The new treatment may have unknown side effects or other risks which may be worse than those from standard treatments.

  • The new treatment may not work for you even if it helps others.

  • You may need to have more doctor visits or testing which may require more time and travel.


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