NIH Commits $7 Million to Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research and Partners to Study Chiropractic Care for Veterans with Chronic Low-Back Pain

Scientists at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), along with partner organizations, received a $1.46 million award from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award (UG3-AT009761) funds a two-year research planning project to address the short-term pain and functional outcomes associated with different numbers of chiropractic visits, and the long-term effectiveness of chiropractic care delivered at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinics.

If the NIH determines initial project goals are met after the two-year planning phase and pending available funds, the project and funding will extend over an additional four years totaling approximately $7 million, making this the largest award ever granted by the NIH to a chiropractic institution. 

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Palmer College Research Team Earns Prestigious International Award for Large-Scale Military Research Study

A team of Palmer researchers and collaborators were awarded the Scott Haldeman Award for Outstanding Research by the World Federation of Chiropractic at the DC2017 conference in March. The "Assessment of chiropractic treatment for active-duty, U.S. military personnel with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial (ACT I)" project was selected from all abstracts accepted for platform presentation that hadn’t been previously published. The presentations were judged on the content of the abstract and its platform presentation. Read the full Palmer News story to learn more about the ACT I project and the Scott Haldeman Award for Outstanding Research.

Does Chiropractic Care Increase the Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke?

In the most definitive study on this topic, authors looked at 818 people in a claims database to determine whether neck extension and rotation during chiropractic care increases the risk of VBA dissection and stroke. The authors found no evidence of excess risk of VBA stroke associated with chiropractic care compared to primary care.

For more information on the topic, read our VBA stroke factsheet, or watch this video by Palmer Vice Chancellor for Research & Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C. Ph.D.

Putting Neck Pain treatment Risks into Perspective

*It is important to note that the populations may not be the same.