Beyond the spine: a new clinical research priority

James Donovan, J David Cassidy, Carol Cancelliere, Erik Poulsen, Mette Jensen Stochkendahl, Jørgen Kilsgaard, Marc-André Blanchette, Jan Hartvigsen

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Over the past two decades, clinical research within the chiropractic profession has focused on the spine and spinal conditions, specifically neck and low back pain. However, there is now a small group of chiropractors with clinical research training that are shifting their focus away from traditional research pursuits towards new and innovative areas. Specifically, these researchers are now delving into areas such as brain injury, work disability prevention, undifferentiated chest pain, hip osteoarthritis, and prevention of pain in children and adolescents to name a few. In this paper, we highlight recent research in these new areas and discuss how clinical research efforts in musculoskeletal areas beyond the spine can benefit patient care and the future of the chiropractic profession.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Chiropractic Association. Journal
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)6-12
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


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