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Study participants wanted! - Would you like to learn more about your back?

You will receive free of charge
  • Clinical general examination
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Running analysis
  • Measurement of your back function
  • Long-term functional measurement
  • Therapy recommendation
Prerequisite for participation
  • 18-64 years
  • With or without back pain
  • No participation in other medical studies
  • No professional or competitive athletes
  • Not overweight (BMI < 29)
  • Not pregnant

More information about the study programme and how to register...

Back pain has multiple causes

Back problems and our modern lifestyle are often directly related. Lack of exercise, obesity, incorrect posture at work, frequent and incorrect lifting and carrying of loads can trigger muscle tension, which can manifest itself as pain in the back. In addition, certain physical illnesses can also promote back pain. Stress and everyday worries also leave their mark on our backs, because in addition to physical illnesses, mood and psychological stress can also increase the tension in the muscles and be associated with back pain.

Current diagnostic methods provide only a static snapshot

Currently, a clinical diagnosis for back pain is made on the basis of a one-time physical examination and/or imaging procedures such as MRI and X-ray, and thus certain therapies are recommended. However, these static "snapshots" in an unfamiliar environment for the patient do not provide sufficient information about the underlying mechanisms of back pain. This very often results in wrong diagnoses and therapy decisions that turn out to be "therapy failures" later on.

Berlin spine study wants to improve diagnosis of back pain

We want to improve this unsatisfactory situation through scientific studies. In the future, the spine must be understood as an organ system "with dynamic function" and psychosocial correlations must be included. We want to move from a static short-term analysis ("snapshot") to a dynamic image of the spine. This is the only way to avoid "therapy failure" in the future.

More articles on the Berlin Spine Study

  • Every pain has a reason. We just have to find it. The article is only available in the original language.

    A large study by the Charité hospital in Berlin aims to close the gaps in knowledge about back disorders.
    The first findings are now available.

    Die Welt 2022;

  • Strengthen the back

    Despite severe pain, the cause of back pain very often remains unclear. How researchers are now getting to the bottom of the complaints and patients are getting rid of their pain.


  • What causes back pain?

    In the current BIH podcast, Hendrik Schmidt, head of the spine team at the Julius Wolff Institute of the BIH, talks about his large study on back pain. A total of 3000 men and women with and without back pain will be examined in the next few months. The scientists want to find out what causes back pain in order to be able to better diagnose and treat it or, ideally, to avoid it altogether.

    Berlin Institute of Health - Podcast: Episode 35 - 2022;