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Human Studies

2020 Jan 28




Multicentre, double-blind, randomised, sham-controlled trial of 10 khz high-frequency spinal cord stimulation for chronic neuropathic low back pain (MODULATE-LBP): a trial protocol.


Al-Kaisy A, Royds J, Palmisani S, Pang D, Wesley S, Taylor RS, Cook A, Eldabe S, McCracken L, Duarte R, Fairbank J
Trials. 2020 Jan 28; 21(1):111.
PMID: 31992344.


Chronic neuropathic low back pain (CNLBP) is a debilitating condition in which established medical treatments seldom alleviate symptoms. Evidence demonstrates that high-frequency 10 kHz spinal cord stimulation (SCS) reduces pain and improves health-related quality of life in patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), but evidence of this effect is limited in individuals with CNLBP who have not had surgery. The aim of this multicentre randomised trial is to assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of 10 kHz SCS for this population.