Researchers from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney are conducting a study using text messages to support people with low back pain.
Named TEXT4myBACK, the study will compare two different formats of text message interventions to help people better manage their symptoms.
Professor Manuela Ferreira is expecting strong interest and participation in the study with large numbers of people across the community experiencing back pain.
“Research has shown us that low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide, greatly impacting social, family and work activities,” Prof Ferreira said.
“We’re keen to measure the effectiveness of a new approach using technology.
“Text messaging is an easy, accessible and affordable intervention that can empower people with low back pain to better manage their own symptoms.
“Our TEXT4myBACK study will assess whether text messages are able to improve patients’
knowledge about their condition and decrease the costs associated with their alleviating their pain.”
To find out more, watch the #TEXT4myBACK video at the link below or complete a pre-screening survey at bit.ly/TEXT4myBACK