The Osteopathic Research Center

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The Osteopathic Research Center (ORC) was founded in 2002 to serve as a profession-wide research center for osteopathic medicine. The original mission of the ORC was to conduct research on the mechanistic and clinical aspects of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). In so doing, the ORC has provided important evidence through systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and randomized controlled trials. The OSTEOPATHIC Trial, completed in 2011 and involving 455 patients with chronic low back pain, is the largest single-site efficacy trial of spinal manipulative therapy. It has provided the strongest evidence to date on the short-term efficacy of spinal manipulative therapy. Our ORC research now serves as the basis for the American Osteopathic Association’s only clinical practice guideline, which addresses the use of OMT in patients with low back pain. Over the years, the ORC mission has evolved to address issues that are relevant to health services and policy research and to primary care practice in general.

Osteopathic Research News:

The latest publications from the OSTEOPATHIC Trial provide evidence on substantial improvement and recovery from chronic low back pain among patients who received osteopathic manipulative treatment. Learn more by viewing the video.


This page was last modified on February 29, 2016