Examining Laboratory and Bedside Pain Sensitivity Testing Protocols

The primary purpose of this research study is to determine the reliability of bedside quantitative sensory testing (QST) measures as compared to laboratory QST measures. QST involves several different measurements of how a person perceives pain, including pain threshold and pain sensitivity testing.

During two testing sessions that last about 1 hour, you will complete a few simple measures of pain. You will be briefly exposed to heat, cold, pressure, pinprick, and electrical stimulation to examine your pain threshold and sensitivity. You will also complete questionnaires that characterize your thoughts and feelings about pain.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • 18-60 years old
  • Be experiencing low back pain that is at least 3/10 pain intensity (0=no pain, 10=worst pain imaginable) within the past 24 hours OR have no pain.

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Medical conditions that affect sensation, such as uncontrolled diabetes
  • History of a chronic pain condition, such as fibromyalgia
  • Any blood clotting disorders, such as hemophilia
  • Regular use of prescription pain medication
  • Use of a pacemaker, implanted defibrillator or other life-support device
  • Any condition that would prevent you from direct exposure to ice or icy water, such as:
    • Uncontrolled hypertension (blood pressure over 140/90 mmHg)
    • Cryoglobulinemia (condition in which you have abnormal protein in the blood causing the blood to become thick when exposed to cold)
    • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (autoimmune condition causing the destruction of blood cells after cold exposure)
    • Circulatory compromise (blood that does not flow to your arms and legs correctly)
  • Currently pregnant

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UCF IRB#: 00005753
PI: Abigail Wilson
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Recruitment End Date:
April 18, 2024
Education Complex and Gym
12494 University Blvd
Room 174A
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 2
Expected time per visit: 1 hours
Point of Contact:
Heidi Hassett
Faculty Advisors:
Abigail Anderson
Associated Units:
Athletic Training
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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