Craig A. Schulz

Director, Wolfe Harris Center for Clinical Researc
Wolfe Harris Center for Clinical Studies
Associate Professor
Wolfe Harris Center for Clinical Studies

Personal Information


Currently Teaching (2014-2015)

Current Research Interests


  • Clinical trials
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Health informatics

I am committed to improving the scientific understanding of musculoskeletal pain and conservative approaches to management of these conditions. My interests reach beyond research science and into clinical practice where there is a well recognized need to translate population based knowledge into decisions for individual patients.

I’m fortunate to be able to apply the principles of health informatics in what I do and enjoy collaborating with investigators from different disciplines at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, Mayo Clinic and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.


  • Doctor of Chiropractic - Northwestern College of Chiropractic, 1999
  • Master of Science - University of Minnesota, 2008



Maiers M, Evans R, Hartvigsen J, Schulz C, Bronfort G. Adverse events among seniors receiving spinal manipulation and exercise in a randomized clinical trial. Man Ther. 2015 Apr;20(2):335-41. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.10.003. Epub 2014 Oct 14.

Bronfort G, Hondras MA, Schulz CA, Evans RL, Long CR, Grimm R. Spinal manipulation and home exercise with advice for subacute and chronic back-related leg pain: a trial with adaptive allocation. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Sep 16;161(6):381-91. doi: 10.7326/M14-0006.

Vihstadt C, Maiers M, Westrom K, Bronfort G, Evans R, Hartvigsen J, Schulz C. Short term treatment versus long term management of neck and back disability in older adults utilizing spinal manipulative therapy and supervised exercise: a parallel-group randomized clinical trial evaluating relative effectiveness and harms. Chiropr Man Therap. 2014 July 23;22:26. doi: 10.1186/s12998-014-0026-7.

Schulz C, Leininger B, Evans R, Vavrek D, Peterson D, Haas M, Bronfort G. Spinal manipulation and exercise for low back pain in adolescents: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Chiropr Man Therap 2014 May 23;22:21. doi: 10.1186/2045-709X-22-21.

Evans R, Bronfort G, Maiers M, Schulz C, Hartvigsen J. "I know it's changed": a mixed-methods study of the meaning of Global Perceived Effect in chronic neck pain patients. Eur Spine J. 2014 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Maiers M, Bronfort G, Evans R, Hartvigsen J, Svendsen K, Bracha Y, Schulz C, Schulz K, Grimm R. Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Exercise for Seniors with Chronic Neck Pain. Spine J. 2013 Nov 10. pii: S1529-9430(13)01630-6.

Ellingson AM, Yelisetti V, Schulz CA, Bronfort G, Downing J, Keefe DF, Nuckley DJ. Instantaneous helical axis methodology to identify aberrant neck motion. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2013 Aug 1. pii: S0268-0033(13)00162-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2013.07.006. [Epub ahead of print]

Evans R, Bronfort G, Schulz C, Maiers M, Bracha Y, Svendsen K, Grimm R, Jr., Garvey T, Transfeldt E. Supervised Exercise with and Without Spinal Manipulation Perform Similarly and Better Than Home Exercise for Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 May 15;37(11):903-914.

Bronfort G, Maiers MJ, Evans RL, Schulz CA, Bracha Y, Svendsen KH, Grimm RH, Jr., Owens EF, Jr., Garvey TA, Transfeldt EE. Supervised exercise, spinal manipulation, and home exercise for chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trialSpine J.2011;11(7):585-598.

Schulz CA, Hondras MA, Evans RL, Gudavalli MR, Long CR, Owens EF, Wilder DG, Bronfort G. Chiropractic and self-care for back-related leg pain: design of a randomized clinical trialChiropr Man Therap. 2011;19:8.


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