Paul J. Osterbauer

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


Special Interests

  • Geriatrics
  • Chronic disease

I am a doctor of chiropractic at the Pillsbury House Integrated Health Clinic and an associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Helping patients complements my research and teaching interests. My focus is on improving the delivery of chiropractic care for the aged and those with chronic diseases. My clinical practice is guided by my experience and the best available evidence.

My experience includes establishing a chiropractic clinic at an eldercare facility. I represent the chiropractic profession at the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Consortium, sponsored by the University of Minnesota and funded by the Health Services and Resources Administration. I have also served on a committee to develop a graduate level geriatric/gerontology program for doctors of chiropractic.

In addition, I have been active in the process to establish new and effective chiropractic techniques. I have assessed cervical spine function using biomechanical and clinical factors, and studied the effectiveness of chiropractic management of patients affected by wrist and hand pain.

I have a special interest in chiropractic techniques such as Diversified Methods and Instrument-Assisted Methods, including use of the Activator and other devices for patient care.


Osterbauer PJ, Elkington WC. Letter to the Editor: Treatment of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia using instrument-assisted manipulation of the 4th rib. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009;32:326

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. J Chiropractic Med. 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. J Chiropractic Med. 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, Fuhr AW, Hildebrandt RW. Mechanical force, manually assisted, short lever chiropractic adjustment. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1992;15(5):309‑17

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. J Manipulative Physiol Ther.1996;19:231-37

Osterbauer PJ, DeBoer KF, Widmaier RS, Petermann EA, Fuhr AW. Treatment and biomechanical assessment of patients with chronic sacroiliac joint syndrome. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1993;16(2):82-90

Frach JP, Osterbauer PJ, Fuhr AW. Treatment of Bell's Palsy by mechanical force, manually assisted chiropractic adjusting and high-voltage electrotherapy. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1992;15(9):596-8

Osterbauer PJ, Fuhr AW. The current status of Activator Methods chiropractic technique, theory and training. Chiropractic Technique. 1990(Nov); 2(4):168-75


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