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Dr. Kirk Eriksen

Kirk Eriksen, D.C. has been in clinical practice in Dothan, AL since 1992. Eriksen Chiropractic Laser Center provides three different types of laser therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions to complement the spinal corrections he provides by primarily using specific upper cervical care. He is on the executive board of directors for the Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology, and is on the editorial review board for the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. Dr. Eriksen is a renowned lecturer who has taught doctors across the U.S. as well as in Europe and Central America. He has published several research studies and authored two textbooks—Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex: A Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature and Orthospinology Procedures: An Evidence-Based Approach to Spinal Care, which were published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Dr. Eriksen is married to Valerie Eriksen and they have 5 children. Valerie is a weight loss and wellness consultant who runs Healthy For Life, which is located within our office.


1997—Chiropractor of the Year - (Alabama Chiropractic Council)

2004—Chiropractor of the Year - (Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology)

2006—Researcher of the Year - (World Chiropractic Alliance)

2010—Dr. Christopher B. Kent - Award for Scientific Excellence - (Chiropractic Leadership Alliance)

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Eriksen K, Rochester RP, Hurwitz EL. Symptomatic reactions, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction associated with upper cervical chiropractic care: a prospective, multicenter, cohort study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 2011; 12:219.

Eriksen K. Lead foil compensating filters and their impact on reducing radiation exposure for cervical spine x-rays. J Vertebral Subluxation Res, April 1, 2007:1-9.

Eriksen K, Rochester RP. Orthospinology Procedures: An Evidence-Based Approach to Spinal Care. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

Eriksen K. Long-standing axis odontoid fracture in patient presenting with acute low back pain. Clin Chiropr, 2005; 8(2):81-92.

Eriksen K. Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex: A Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.

Eriksen K. Management of cervical disc herniation with upper cervical chiropractic care. J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 1998; 21(1):51-6.

Eriksen K, Owens EF. Upper cervical post x-ray correction and its relationship to symptomatic improvement and spinal stability. Chiropr Res J, 1997; 4(1):10-7.

Eriksen K. Correction of juvenile idiopathic scoliosis after primary upper cervical chiropractic care: a case study. Chiropr Res J, 1996; 3(3):25-33.

Eriksen K. Comparison between upper cervical x-ray listings and technique analyses utilizing a computerized database. Chiropr Res J, 1996; 3 (2):13-24.

Eriksen K. Effects of upper cervical correction on chronic constipation. Chiropr Res J, 1994; 3(1):19-22.

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Technique / Patient Care- 980
Practice and Risk Management- 477
Spinal Trauma / Med-Legal- 322
Research Conferences- 245

Click Here for Compilation of Research Papers and Presentations Related to Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Dr. Eriksen participated in the treatment of patients in the following studies:

Genthner GC, Friedman HL, Studley CF. Improvement in depression following reduction of upper cervical vertebral subluxation using Orthospinology technique. J Vertebral Subluxation Res, 2005 (Nov 4):1–4.

Click here to see a list of videos where Dr. Kirk Eriksen has been interviewed on TV and by other doctors


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