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Osteopath Med Prim Care. 2009 Jul 22;3:6. doi: 10.1186/1750-4732-3-6.

Time for the osteopathic profession to take the lead in musculoskeletal research.

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  • 1The Osteopathic Research Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA.


Musculoskeletal conditions, such as low back pain, are prevalent in the United States. These conditions exact an enormous toll on society, both in terms of their detrimental impact on quality of life and on the costs of treatment and lost productivity. Osteopathic physicians, as common providers of primary care services and spinal manipulation, are ideally positioned to lead future research efforts in this field. The emergence of data and standards relevant to osteopathic manipulative treatment outcomes, refinement of research methodologies to enhance evidence-based medicine, and investments in developing osteopathic research infrastructure are all critical elements in moving this field of research forward.

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