I have been affiliated with chiropractic research for more than twenty years, obtaining several federal grants as a principal investigator, co-leader, and as a co-investigator to do research on basic science studies related to the musculoskeletal system as well as clinical studies on low back pain and neck pain. I have been involved in obtaining federal research funding in the amount exceeding $20 million. Additionally, I served as a co-leader on three developmental center grants from National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
I have developed collaborations between chiropractic institutions, medical doctors (Loyola medical school), and major universities (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, University of Toledo, State University of New York-Stony Brook, Hines VA Hospital, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Iowa, Auburn University, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School), and physical therapy facilities such as Orthosport Inc.
My research interests include understanding of the human body in translational research by conducting basic science and clinically oriented experiments on human volunteers, low back and neck pain patients. As part of the studies I measured motions, forces, balance, and electromyographic activity during experimental studies. In addition, I developed instrumentation with real time feedback of forces during manual therapy procedures for training of clinicians.
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Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel (ACT) III: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment: Strength and Balance
Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic (DCRCI) Project 1: Patient Response to Spinal Manipulation (PRiSM)
DCRCI Project 3: Cervical Distraction Sham Development: Translating from Basic to Clinical Studies
Development of an attention-touch control for manual cervical distraction: a pilot randomized clinical trial for patients with neck pain
Author(s): M. R. Gudavalli, S. A. Salsbury, R.D. Vining, C. R. Long, L. Corber, A. G. Patwardhan, and, C. M. GoertzView Article
Clinician Proficiency in delivering manual treatment for neck pain within specified force ranges
Author(s): M. R. Gudavalli, R.D. Vining, S. A. Salsbury, L. Corber, C. R. Long, A. G. Patwardhan, and, C. M. GoertzView Article
Publication: Spine J
Three-Dimensional Doctor-Patient Contact Loads During Side Posture Lumbar Spinal Manipulation: A Pilot Study
Author(s): M.R. Gudavalli and R.M. RowellView Article
Publication: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
Training and certification of doctors of chiropractic in delivering manual cervical traction forces: results of a longitudinal observational study
Author(s): M. R. Gudavalli, R.D. Vining, S. A. Salsbury, and, C. M. GoertzView Article
Publication: J Chiropr Educ
Real-Time Force Feedback During Flexion-Distraction Procedure for Low Back Pain: A Pilot Study
Author(s): Gudavalli, M.R. and Cox J.M.View Article
Publication: Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association