The research aims to understand what and how factors (across domains of biology, psychology, sociology and behaviour) relate to back pain.

This project has been designed by experienced researchers from the Human Neuroscience Unit and NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health.

What is involved:

Participants will be asked to download a free application on their smartphone. Researchers will use this app to gather information related to participant's low back pain.

First, participants will be asked to answer a baseline questionnaire that will take ~20-25 minutes to complete. Then each day participants will receive a notification to respond to simple questions about their pain and condition (~3 minutes to complete). After that, participants might be asked to open and complete a follow-up questionnaire, for a maximum of two occasions every week. This follow-up process will last for 3 months; however, participants will have the opportunity to withdraw from these procedures at any time without penalty or affecting the ongoing management of their condition.


Who can participate?

  • People 18 years or older who have experienced low back pain on at least 2 days (does not need to be consecutive days) in the past 2 weeks that was sufficient to limit their function.

Exclusion criteria:

  • People who have known or suspected serious spinal pathology
  • Have history of surgery to the spine
  • Less than 18 years old
  • Have had major pain or injury to other body regions in the previous 12 months
  • Currently/recently pregnant or;
  • Currently using non-steroidal anti-rheumatic drugs, anti-cytokine therapy or corticosteroids.

Participant benefits

Participants will be remunerated with a $20 AUD on study commencement and an $80 AUD voucher on study completion 3 months later.

Register your interest 

For any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr David Klyne ( To register your interest please click on the link below to assess your eligibility.

Register your interest

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No.2021_HE000576].