Ken Olson, physical therapist and co-owner of Northern Rehab, recently participated as an invited speaker at the Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on the topic of safety and education of spinal manipulation. This was the first combined conference between the Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and Osteopathy professions, and Dr. Olson was one of 3 physical therapists invited to present at this historic conference. His presentation focused on the latest research evidence to assure safe and effective application of spinal manipulation through clinical reasoning and screening processes. He also discussed safe and effective methods to teach manipulation to student physical therapists.
Other topics presented at this conference included management of low back pain with spinal manipulation and exercise, and the common theme of this session was the emphasis that the most cost effective management of low back pain occurs when patients are seen by physical therapists or chiropractors first in their episode of care. There were several large, multi-centered clinical trials sited that support early access to physical therapy for the effective treatment of lower back pain.