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ISPPC is not only devoted to delivering the best in pain-management care, but also to furthering the scope of what is medically possible. Listed below are the clinical trials that ISPPC is currently recruiting for. These studies are designed to help provide you with pain relief at little to no cost with the possibility of modest compensation for time and travel. Consider enrolling in a clinical study today, and together we will push the boundaries of science and medicine.


What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research programs to determine the effectiveness of new tests and treatments. Before a new procedure is approved for general use, it goes through rigorous testing to ensure its safety and efficacy for use on people.

Before the physicians at International Spine Pain & Performance open a clinical trial, the treatment goes through extensive development and testing. The trial also needs to be confirmed by data and approved by safety monitoring boards, which monitor the progress of the test. The team maintains an avid interest in research and serves as the principal investigator on many clinical trials, including studies on radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation.

Participants are carefully selected, and the team at ISPP Center makes sure you understand the scope of the trial and what you can expect.




A Prospective, Open-label, Long-term, Multi-center, Registry to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of the Bioness StimRouter Neuromodulation System in Subjects with Chronic Pain of Peripheral Nerve Origin

This study involves the StimRouter™ for the treatment of chronic pain in the arms, legs, and trunk. The StimRouter™ has already been approved by the FDA for chronic pain and is currently in commercial use. The doctor uses a needle to place a thin lead (wire) under the skin. The target nerve is then stimulated with electrical current delivered by the system to provide pain relief. This study will allow us to monitor the StimRouter™ for a period of up to 5 years. It will allow us to evaluate your experience at pre-implant, implant, and post-implant during this period of time. 

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A Randomized, Controlled, Multicenter Trial of Percutaneous Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) for the Treatment of Back Pain

This study involves a Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) system which delivers mild electrical stimulation to the muscles in your low back to provide pain relief. The System includes up to four leads (small wires) that are placed through your skin into your low back. The leads attach to devices worn on your body that deliver stimulation (called Stimulators) for 60 days. This is a 1:1 randomized study, meaning approximately half of the people in the study will receive electrical stimulation and about half will receive the standard of care treatment. Those randomized into the control group will have the option to get the PNS system after 1 year. This study will last approximately 26 months.

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Spinal Cord Stimulation in the treatment of Chronic, Intractable Pain using the Nalu™ Neurostimulation System (nPower™-US)

The purpose of this research study is to confirm the safety, comfort and effectiveness of the Nalu Neurostimulation System to treat chronic pain of the legs and back. The Nalu Neurostimulation System is a spinal cord stimulator which is placed in your back and spine surgically. The Nalu device is capable of producing various waveforms to stimulate the spinal cord to treat pain. This study is completed in two phases: temporary trial followed by the permanent trial if patients respond successfully to the temporary trial. The total length of time you will be in the study is approximately 5 months but may last as long as 9 months.

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Dorsal spInal cord STImulatioN vs mediCal management for the Treatment of low back pain

The purpose of this study is to compare spinal cord stimulation (SCS) plus conventional medical management to conventional medical management (CMM) alone to treat chronic low back pain in people who have not had spine surgery and are not considered candidates for spine surgery. This is a 3:2 randomized study. If you are selected to receive conventional medical management, and after 6-month follow up visit you do not feel like your symptoms are improving, you may choose to have SCS. Participation is expected to last approximately 2 years.

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A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Sham-controlled, Comparative Study of SI6603 in Subjects with Lumbar Disc Herniation (Phase 3)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and long-term safety of SI-6603 in subjects with a lumbar disc herniation by monitoring them for 1 year after they are either given a single study drug (SI-6603) injection into the tissue between the bones in the spine (where the disc herniation has occurred) or a control procedure (a needle will be inserted through your skin and into the lumbar muscle near the affected disc, but will not enter the disc, and nothing will be injected). This is a 1:1 randomized study, therefore, you should participate in this study only if you are willing to receive either the study drug or no drug (the control procedure).

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Lateral Branch Cooled Radiofrequency Denervation for Sacrioliac Joint Pain

This study will be a 12-month prospective, randomized, controlled, prospective, open-label, multi-center clinical study. Adult subjects over the age of 21 with diagnosed chronic intractable sacroiliac joint pain (≥ 3 months), who have been previously unresponsive to conservative therapy and who meet the selection criteria are eligible to participate in this study. Approximately 208 subjects will be enrolled at up to 15 sites in a 1:1 randomization ratio to receive either denervation using the SInergy System (cooled radiofrequency (CRF), treatment group) or standard medical management (SMM, control group). Follow-up will be conducted for a total of 12 months post-Coolief (cooled radiofrequency ablation) procedure, with the primary endpoint being completed at month 3.



Clinical Trial of Wireless Craniofacial Nerve Stimulation (CFNS) for the Treatment of Cranial and Facial Pain

The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of craniofacial nerve stimulation for the treatment of neuropathic pain. This is a 1:1 randomized study meaning subjects are placed into one of two groups: continuous group and delayed group. If the 7-day trial is successful, the implant will be turned off for three months for the delayed group but will stay on for the continuous group. Participation is expected to last approximately 12 months.



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