Using Music During Lumbar Medial Branch Block Procedure

  • End date
    Nov 2, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Updated on 19 February 2022
back pain
Accepts healthy volunteers


The purpose of this study is to determine if music therapy during interventional lumbar medial branch blocks for chronic lower back pain will lower pain scores and anxiety levels, while increasing patient desire for repeat procedure as well as patient satisfaction.


Subjects will be put into 1 of 2 groups, Music or the Control Group (no music). The music group will listen to patient's preferred music on Pandora station broadcast using Headphones or Wireless Earbuds with Tablet or Computer. Hearing impaired patients will have an option of non-earbud headphones. . Earbuds or headphones will be used regardless of music therapy playing. . The control group will be provided earbuds or alternative headphone as well, however, with no music. The sound environment will be standardized for procedure by closing procedure room door and minimizing extraneous sounds (i.e. from equipment, alarms, etc.,).

Condition Lower Back Pain, Lumbar Spondylosis
Treatment Music Therapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04091607
SponsorWake Forest University Health Sciences
Last Modified on19 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Age> or equal to 18
History of documented chronic lower back pain

Exclusion Criteria

Patient refusal
Deafness (unless corrected with a hearing aid)
Initial Pain Score < 3
Prior Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks/Radiofrequency ablation therapy
Any woman who is currently pregnant
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