Biopsychosocial Contributors to Tissue Irritability in Individuals with Shoulder and Low Back Pain

The purpose of this study is to examine pain sensitivity and psychological factors that may contribute to differences in tissue irritability in individuals with shoulder or low back pain. Tissue Irritability is a clinical characteristic of musculoskeletal pain that is a composite definition of pain intensity and changes in pain during movement.

During one testing session that lasts about 1.5 hours, you will be briefly exposed to heat, cold, and pressure to examine your pain sensitivity. You will also complete questionnaires that characterize your thoughts and feelings about pain. The researcher will then complete a brief examination of your shoulder or low back pain irritability. You will receive a $25.00 Amazon gift card for participating.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • 18-75 years old
  • Currently experiencing shoulder or low back pain
    • symptom intensity rated as at least 3/10 or higher during the last 24 hours

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • any systemic medical conditions that affect sensation
  • a history of low back or shoulder surgery or fracture within the past 6 months
  • a history of a chronic pain condition, such as fibromyalgia
  • a current medical diagnosis of myelopathy
  • any blood clotting disorders, such as hemophilia
  • any contraindication to the application of ice (uncontrolled hypertension, cold urticaria, cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, circulatory compromise)

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UCF IRB#: 00004353
PI: Abigail Wilson
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Recruitment End Date:
May 23, 2023
Education Complex
12494 University Blvd
Room 174a
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 1
Expected time per visit: 1.5 hours
Type: $25 Amazon Gift Card
Point of Contact:
Abigail Wilson
Associated Units:
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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