Transitions Low Back Pain Research Study

The Transitions Low Back Pain study will look at how acute back pain may transition to chronic back pain. This study is enrolling participants in Kannapolis and Durham.  

Interested in enrolling? If you have experienced low back pain recently and want to see if you qualify, please call the study coordinator at (919) 684-5241 or email

View the Kannapolis study flyer.

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Adam Goode, PT, DPT, PhD
Duke Principal Investigator

Adam Goode, PT, DPT, PhD

About the Study 

This study is a collaboration between the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Duke Orthopaedics. 

Eligible participants will be asked to: 

  • Complete two study visits in either Kannapolis or Durham

  • Provide a small blood sample

  • Complete a brief pain assessment

  • Answer some questionnaires about your physical, mental, and emotional well-being 

  • Complete a brief physical function assessment (Durham only)

  • Some participants between 18-40 years of age will be invited to complete MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) in addition to the above study activities (Durham only) 

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should be:

  • Age 18 or older

  • Experiencing sudden low back pain with no specific cause in the past four weeks 

Study Duration

Participation in the study will last approximately six months, including two visits and online questionnaires.


Compensation will be provided for completed study activities.

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