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The purpose of this study was to evaluate a new method for the management of chronic lower back pain. Recombinant human growth hormone and testosterone were injected into the painful and dysfunctional areas of individuals with chronic lower back pain. In addition, the individuals received chiropractic and/or physical therapies to address physical difficulties related to problems with motor control, strength, and endurance, as well as pain and loss of movement. One year following the injection, individuals reported their levels of pain on the Mankowski Pain Scale and self-rated functional outcomes on the Oswestry Disability Index.


Thirty-nine individuals participated in the full course of the experimental treatment. Individuals who did not have radicular pain received diagnostic blocks. Those individuals who responded well to the diagnostic blocks received injections of recombinant human growth hormone and testosterone in the areas treated with the blocks, as well as manipulation-based and impairment-based exercises.


Those individuals receiving the intervention reported a significant decrease in pain ratings and a significant improvement in self-rated Oswestry Disability Index scores. In addition, 41% of the patients demonstrated a 50% or greater change in their disability score based on the Oswestry Disability Index results.


In conclusion, the intervention appeared to be safe and the results provide a reasonable expec­tation that the intervention would be beneficial for a population of individuals with chronic nonradicular lower back pain. Causality cannot be inferred based on the design of the study. However, the results suggest that further study of this intervention may be warranted.


*Summary of Article: Dubick , M.N., Morrisette, D.C., Ravin, T.H., & Michel, Y (2015). Use of Localized Human Growth Hormone and Testosterone Injections for Lower Back Pain: A Case Series with 12-month Follow-up. Journal of Pain Research, 8, 295-302.


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