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Seeking local participants for low-back pain research study

InsightSudy2Researchers at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research are looking for people to participate in a low-back pain research study. This study, called INSIGHT, will measure forces used by a Doctor of Chiropractic while treating participants with low-back pain. It's the initial step in a series of research investigations designed to help improve chiropractic care.

Quad-City area residents may be eligible for the study, which is being conducted at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research clinic, located at 741 Brady St., Davenport, Iowa. Eligible participants must be between the ages of 18 and 65 years old and currently have low-back pain.

If eligible, participants may receive a comprehensive low-back examination and two weeks of chiropractic care at no cost. The study is expected to be completed in July 2015. Anyone interested in participating in the study should contact the PCCR clinic facility at (563) 884-5153.

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 VBAstroke 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.


Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy

Cynthia Long, Ph.D., Director of Research, Davenport Campus


Robert Cooperstein, M.A., D.C., Director of Research


Liang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Research