SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Medical Center's co-sponsored pain relief study has been stalled due to low enrollment. The study, which began last year, is a placebo-controlled study on the effects of a novel drug-free pain relief patch. Only sixty four of the one hundred spots have been filled. The lead researcher, local physician and acupuncturist, Dr. Karen Kan, says that the main issue is not that people aren't interested in being in the week-long study, but that the study requires that the participant refrain from pain relief medications for at least five days prior to the study.
"I had no idea that so many people were dependent on pain relief medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen etc. We had already changed the requirements from two weeks off pain medications to only five days and still we are having trouble finding people who are able to refrain from taking drugs for five days. That says a lot about how dependent our society is on these drugs." according to Dr. Kan.
Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 80 and have pain in their joints or muscles of at least 3 out of 10 in intensity the day they are screened for the study. Participation is free and each participant is given a small stipend at the completion of the study. Interested participants may contact Dr. Karen Kan's office for more information at 518-524-8188.