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Osteopathic manipulative treatment for chronic nonspecific neck pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis

International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine

Volume 18, Issue 4, December 2015, Pages 255–267

Helge Franke, Jan-David Franke, Gary Fryer

Evidence supports the use of Osteopathic treatment for the management of chronic neck pain…


Nonspecific neck pain is common, disabling, and costly. The objective of the current review was to assess the effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in the management of chronic nonspecific neck pain regarding pain, functional status, and adverse events.”


Based on the 3 included studies, the review suggested clinically relevant effects of OMT for reducing pain in patients with chronic nonspecific neck pain. Given the small sample sizes, different comparison groups, and lack of long-term measurements in the few available studies, larger, high-quality randomized controlled trials with robust comparison groups are recommended.”

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