Cervical spine manipulation : summary report of a systematic review of the literature and a multidisciplinary expert panel

by Paul G. Shekelle, Ian D. Coulter


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The past six years have seen a growing acceptance of the use of manipulation for spinal disorders. This change has been fueled primarily by data regarding lumbar spinal manipulation. Results of recent clinical trials, meta-analyses, and recent governmental practice guidelines have been largely supportive of lumbar manipulation for low back pain. The purpose of this study was to assess the appropriate and inappropriate uses of cervical spine manipulation by reviewing the scientific literature for efficacy and convening a multidisciplinary group of cervical spine experts.

Originally published in: Journal of Spinal Disorders, v. 10, no. 3, 1997, pp. 223-228.

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