Manipulation and mobilization of the cervical spine : a systematic review of the literature

by Eric Hurwitz, Peter Aker, Alan H. Adams, William Meeker, Paul G. Shekelle

This study concludes that cervical spine manipulation and mobilization probably provide at least short-term benefits for some patients with neck pain and headaches. Although the complication rate of manipulation is small, the potential for adverse outcomes must be considered because of the possibility of permanent impairment or death.

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Originally published in: Spine, v. 21, no. 15, August 1, 1996, pp. 1746-1759.

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