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Spinal manipulation in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain

Authors
Paul Shekelle, MD
Howard Vernon, DC, FCCS (Hons), PhD
Julie M Fritz, PT, PhD
Section Editor
Steven J Atlas, MD, MPH
Deputy Editor
H Nancy Sokol, MD

INTRODUCTION

Spinal manipulation is a technique used by chiropractors, physical therapists, and osteopathic clinicians, primarily to provide relief for musculoskeletal pain related to the back and neck. It has also been used for other conditions, which are discussed briefly below.

This topic will focus on a description of spinal manipulation and a discussion of its effectiveness. Other discussions concerning the treatment of the patient with back and/or neck pain is presented separately:

(See "Treatment of acute low back pain".)

(See "Subacute and chronic low back pain: Pharmacologic and noninterventional treatment".)

(See "Subacute and chronic low back pain: Nonsurgical interventional treatment".)

              

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