Eric L Hurwitz

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STUDY DESIGN Cervical spine manipulation and mobilization were reviewed in an analysis of the literature from 1966 to the present. OBJECTIVES To assess the evidence for the efficacy and complications of cervical spine manipulation and mobilization for the treatment of neck pain and headache. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Although recent research has(More)
PURPOSE To review the use, complications, and efficacy of spinal manipulation as a treatment for low-back pain. DATA IDENTIFICATION Articles were identified through a MEDLINE search, review of articles' bibliographies, and advice from expert orthopedists and chiropractors. STUDY SELECTION All studies reporting use and complications of spinal(More)
STUDY DESIGN Best evidence synthesis. OBJECTIVE To identify, critically appraise, and synthesize literature from 1980 through 2006 on noninvasive interventions for neck pain and its associated disorders. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA No comprehensive systematic literature reviews have been published on interventions for neck pain and its associated(More)
OBJECTIVES This study compared the relative effectiveness of cervical spine manipulation and mobilization for neck pain. METHODS Neck-pain patients were randomized to the following conditions: manipulation with or without heat, manipulation with or without electrical muscle stimulation, mobilization with or without heat, and mobilization with or without(More)
STUDY DESIGN Randomized clinical trial. OBJECTIVES To compare the long-term effectiveness of medical and chiropractic care for low back pain in managed care and to assess the effectiveness of physical therapy and modalities among patients receiving medical or chiropractic care. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Evidence comparing the long-term relative(More)
STUDY DESIGN A randomized clinical trial. OBJECTIVES To compare the effectiveness of medical and chiropractic care for low back pain patients in managed care; to assess the effectiveness of physical therapy among medical patients; and to assess the effectiveness of physical modalities among chiropractic patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Despite the(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to estimate the effects of recreational physical activity and back exercises on low back pain, related disability, and psychological distress among patients randomized to chiropractic or medical care in a managed care setting. METHODS Low back pain patients (n=681) were randomized and followed for 18 months. Participation in(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT The commercially available growth factor recombinant bone morphogenic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) used in spinal fusion has been associated with numerous adverse reactions, including inflammatory reactions in soft tissue, heterotopic bone formation, radiculitis, osteolysis, and cage or graft subsidence. The original Food and Drug Administration(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) is a growth factor known to have in vitro effects on the growth and invasiveness of cancer. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in limited doses for single-level anterior spinal arthrodesis, but it is commonly used off-label and at high doses. The effect of rhBMP-2(More)
OBJECTIVES We examined barriers to influenza vaccination among long-term care facility (LTCF) health care workers in Southern California and developed simple, effective interventions to improve influenza vaccine coverage of these workers. METHODS In 2002, health care workers at LTCFs were surveyed regarding their knowledge and attitudes about influenza(More)