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Participants needed for Lawrence Tech study on lower back pain

Release Date: June 2, 2010

Southfield, Michigan – Two biomedical engineering students at Lawrence Technological University  are conducting a clinical study of  a table designed to relieve lower back pain. They need more volunteers to participate in one of three free 30-day trials this summer.

Lawrence Tech seniors Josh Wells and Evgeny Tofler are working under the direction of Assistant Professor Yawen Li. They will test the Back Pro CPM motorized table developed by Randy Fenkell of West Bloomfield, whose company is named Back Pain Go. Participants will be supplied with a back pain table for free for 30 days of home use. They will be asked to fill out a weekly online pain questionnaire.

It is estimated that nearly third of the U.S. population suffers from some form of lower back pain. The degree and longevity of pain varies greatly from person to person. This clinical study is expected to provide insight into a unique treatment option.

People suffering back pain who are interested in the free medical trial should contact Wells or Tofler at (248) 633-5311 or

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.