Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approved Research Projects Currently in Progress at KUCCM

  1. Prospective study of post-surgical continued pain (PSCP) patients undergoing flexion distraction spinal manipulation. Analysis utilizing the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) and numerical pain scale. This multi-center two-year prospective cohort study has been completed and the data analysis and manuscript preparation are in progress.
  2. Prospective study of patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis pain undergoing chiropractic flexion distraction spinal manipulation. The purpose of this 1 ½ year study is to document clinical effects on pain and function. This study is in progress with multiple chiropractic offices collecting data at specified times during the treatment process and long-term follow-up. ​​
  3. Ultrasound imaging of lumbar spine during flexion-distraction procedure for lumbar spine. This descriptive observational study aims to understand the mechanism of flexion-distraction treatment by documenting anatomical biomechanical changes in the spine and determining the reliability of the separation distance between bony landmarks using ultrasound imaging.

Projects Planned to Initiate During 2022

  1. Biomechanical understanding of high velocity low amplitude spinal manipulation by measuring forces and movements utilizing specialized force and motion sensing technology.
  2. Training of students using force, movement, and EMG activity measurement during chiropractic manipulation.
  3. Understanding and evaluation of flexion-relaxation phenomenon on physically active people vs. sedentary people using surface EMG activity of spinal muscles.

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