Original Research

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Focus of research program

The primary focus of our research program is to perform original, high quality clinical research which generates new knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of the prevalent and costly musculoskeletal pain conditions. Our work focuses exclusively on human populations and includes clinical trials, basic science research and qualitative studies.

Clinical trials

Northwestern's clinical research program in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) focuses on back pain, neck pain and headache.

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Basic science

Basic science research at Northwestern examines the cause of musculoskeletal pain and how to alleviate pain using CAM approaches to care.

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Qualitative research

Northwestern also conducts qualitative research which goes beyond numbers and statistics to explore people’s perceptions, emotions and behaviors.

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