Paul J. Osterbauer

Paul Osterbauer
Associate Professor
College of Chiropractic
Associate Professor
H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics

Personal Information


Currently Teaching (2017-2018)

Current Research Interests

Quantifying the attitudes of chiropractic students enrolled in geriatric, interprofessional team rounds in a transitional care unit.  

Understanding the effects of using standardized patients on confidence and competence levels of chiropractic students.

Conservative treatment for geriatric patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.

My research and teaching is directed at improving the delivery of chiropractic care for geriatric patients and other subpopulations, informed by experience and the best available evidence. This has included establishing a chiropractic clinic at an eldercare facility, serving on a committee to develop a graduate level geriatric/gerontology program for doctors of chiropractic, and participating in the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Consortium, sponsored by the Health Services and Resources Administration.  

I have assessed cervical spine function using biomechanical and clinical factors in a large, multi-disciplinary spine clinic. I have also studied the effectiveness of chiropractic management of patients with wrist/hand pain, and have been active in the process to establish mechanical force, manually assisted, low force techniques as a legitimate form of manual therapy.


  • Doctor of Chiropractic - Northwestern College of Chiropractic, 1986
  • Bachelor of Science - Northwestern College of Chiropractic, 1986
  • Master of Public Health - University of Washington, 1993


Borggren CL, Osterbauer PJ, Wiles MR. Survey of geriatric courses in chiropractic programs. Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2009; 23:28-35.

Hulbert JR, Osterbauer PJ,  Davis PT, Printon R, Goessl C, Strom N. Chiropractic treatment of hand wrist pain in older people: systematic protocol development. Part 2: cohort natural-history-treatment trial. Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2007;6:32-41.

Hulbert JR, Printon R, Osterbauer PJ, Davis PT, LaMaack R. Chiropractic treatment of hand wrist in older people: systematic protocol development. Part 1: informant interviews. Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2005;4(3):144-51.

Osterbauer PJ, Hansen DT. Technology assessment of the chiropractic subluxation: reprise. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. 2002;9(3):10-18.

Osterbauer PJ, Long K, Ribaudo TA, Petermann EA, Fuhr AW, Bigos SJ, Yamaguchi GT. Three-dimensional head kinematics and cervical range of motion in the diagnosis of patients with neck trauma. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1996;19:231-37.

Osterbauer PJ. Technology assessment of the chiropractic subluxation. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. 1996;3(1):1-9.

Osterbauer PJ, Fuhr AW, Keller TS.  Description and analysis of Activator Methods chiropractic technique.  In: Lawrence DJ, Cassidy JD, McGregor M, et al., eds. Advances in Chiropractic, Vol. 2. St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book, Inc.; 1995:471-517.

Dewitt J, Osterbauer P, Stelmach G, et al.  Optoelectric measurement of changes in leg length inequality resulting from isolation test. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1994;17(8):530-538.

Woltring, HJ, Derickson KL, Osterbauer PJ, Fuhr AW.  Instantaneous helical axis estimation from 3-D video data in neck kinematics for whiplash diagnostics. Journal of Biomechanic. 1994;27(12):1415-32

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