Gert Bronfort, DC, PhD

Professor, Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH)

Gert Bronfort

Contact Info

bronf003@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-301-9005

Office Address:
Mayo B296-1

Mailing Address:
Mayo Memorial Building, MMC 505
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH)


PhD, Extramural Medicine, Vrije University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada

Summary

For more than 25 years, Dr. Gert Bronfort has been a leader in research investigating conservative and integrative care for disabling and costly musculoskeletal pain conditions. Long a proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, Dr. Bronfort has formed numerous regional, national and international partnerships to conduct innovative, high impact patient-oriented research. He has lead numerous federally funded randomized clinical trials investigating manual therapies, exercise and self-care and has authored several high profile systematic reviews. Dr. Bronfort is a long-standing and active member of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Low Back Pain Editorial Group, as well as the Cervical Overview Group. He has served on several national and international committees including the Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administrations’ Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages.

Research

Research Summary/Interests

  • Self-management strategies
  • Complementary and integrative therapies (mind-body)
  • Wellbeing
  • Musculoskeletal pain (low back pain, neck pain, headache)
  • Spinal biomechanics

Research Projects:

Dose-Response of Manipulation for Cervicogenic Headache (1R01AT006330, Haas, Bronfort)
National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine

CAM Research Education Partnership Project (2R25AT003582, Evans)
National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Publications

  1. Mieritz RM, Hartvigsen J, Boyle E, Jakobsen MD, Aagaard P, Bronfort G. Lumbar motion changes in chronic low back pain patients. Spine J. Sept 2014;14(9): 1835-43.
  2. Leininger BD, Evans R, Bronfort G. Exploring Patient Satisfaction: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial of Spinal Manipulation, Home Exercise and Medication for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain. J Manipulative Ther. Oct 2014; 37(8):593-601.
  3. 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. Sept 2014;161(6).
  4. Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Kawchuk G, and Dagenais S. Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization. Duncan, L., White, K., and Watrous, J. Evidence-Based Management of Low Back Pain. 2012;(17):229-247. St. Louis, MO. Elsevier Mosby.
  5. Evans R, Bronfort G, Schulz C, Maiers M, Bracha Y, Svendsen K, Grimm R, Jr., Garvey T, and 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;37(11):903-914.
  6. Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson AV, Svendsen KH, Bracha Y, and Grimm RH. Spinal manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Ann.Intern.Med 2012;156(1 Pt 1):1-10.
  7. Cassidy D, Bronfort G, Hartvigsen J. Should we abandon cervical spine manipulation for mechanical neck pain? No. BMJ 2012;344.
  8. Kay TM,Gross A, Goldsmith CH, Rutherford S, Voth S, Hoving JL, Bronfort G, Santaguida PL. Exercises for mechanical neck disorders. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012 Aug;15;8:CD004250.
  9. Mieritz RM, Bronfort G, Kawchuk G, Breen A, Hartvigsen J. Reliability and measurement error or 3-dimensional regional lumbar motion measures: a systematic review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012 Oct;35(8):645-56.
  10. Pincus T, Kent P, Bronfort G, Loisel P, Pransky G, Hartvigsen J. Twenty-five years with the biopsychosocial model of low back pain - is it time to celebrate? A report from the Twelfth International Forum for Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. Spine. 2013 Nov 15;38(24):2118-23.
  11. Wegner I, Widyahening IS, van Tulder MW, Blomberg SE, de Vet HC, Brønfort G, Bouter LM, van der Heijden GJ. Traction for low-back pain with or without sciatica. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Aug 19;8:CD003010.
  12. 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. 2014 Sep 1;14(9): 1879-89.
  13. Mieritz RM, Bronfort G, Jakobsen MD, Aagaard P, Hartvigsen J. Reliability and measurement error of sagittal spinal motion parameters in 220 chronic low back pain patients using a 3D measurement device. Spine J. 2014 Sep 1:14(9): 1835-43.
  14. Mieritz RM, Hartvigsen J, Boyle E, Jakobsen MD, Aagaard P, Bronfort G. Lumbar motion changes in chronic low back pain patients. Spine J. 2014 Mar 6. pii: S1529-9430(14)00239-3.