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. 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. 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. 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.


Osteopathic Research News:

The ORC is establishing a registry of patients with low back pain, known as the Pain Registry for Epidemiological, Clinical, and Interventional Studies in North Texas (PRECISION TEXAS). Learn more about the PRECISION TEXAS registry, which will be coming soon.