Dr. Carlo Ammendolia is the 2015 recipient for Chiropractor of the Year. The award is handed out annually by the Ontario Chiropractic Association.


At Spinemobility, our mission is to reduce pain, suffering, and disability from spine and related disorders through innovative research. 


Why have we failed to find effective solutions to this ever-growing problem?

One reason is that traditional approaches to treatment have focused on the pain, and its short-term control. Back pain and neck pain are highly recurrent problems. Among people experiencing back pain, up to 80% will have another episode within 12 months. Traditional approaches have largely failed to accommodate high-risk subgroups, those requiring specialized treatment.


We focus on the multi-faceted aspects of the condition, tailor treatment and provide patients with the skill, knowledge and self-confidence to maximize function, reduce recurrences and risk of disability for life. 


Dr. Carlo Ammendolia is the Director of the Chiropractic Spine Clinic and the Spinal Stenosis Program at the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital located in Toronto, Canada.

He received his MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research in 1999 and in 2005 his PhD in Clinical Evaluative Sciences from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Ammendolia is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.

Dr. Ammendolia is a faculty member of the University of Toronto Spine Program and the University of Toronto Musculoskeletal Centre.

In 2012, Dr. Ammendolia was awarded the Professorship in Spine Award from the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine. He has been in clinical practice for over 35 years and now combines clinical practice and research in the area of non-operative treatment of mechanical, degenerative and inflammatory spinal disorders with a special interest in lumbar spinal stenosis.

He was awarded the Chiropractor of the Year Award in 2015 by the Ontario Chiropractic Association and the Researcher of the Year Award in 2016 by the Canadian Chiropractic Association.


He has published over 39 peer-review articles and has authored several academic book chapters on back and neck pain.


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Funded by The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation and The Arthritis Society




Spinemobility is a Not-for-Profit Research and Resource Centre aimed at developing and testing innovative programs and devices with the goal of maximizing function, improving quality of life and reducing the risk of disability caused by spine and spine related conditions.  A key component of what we do is to provide clinicians with the tools, knowledge, skills and self-confidence to implement in their clinics our evidence-based programs. 

We do this by:

a) Conducting hands-on workshops,

b) Providing “how-to” video tutorials on our website,

c) Providing workbooks that are essential road maps for patients and clinicians

d) Providing step-by-step and visit per visit implementation guides for clinicians   


All profits are reinvested to support our research programs.

We need innovated treatments because…

“The number of people suffering with spinal stenosis is growing exponentially due to the ageing population. Spinal stenosis is a leading cause of pain, disability and loss of independence in older adults. Effective non-operative treatments are unknown.”  

(Ref. Battie et al. Health-related quality of life with lumbar spinal stenosis, T Spine J 2012) 

“Back Pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.”

(Ref. Hoy et al. Global burden of low back pain, BMJ 2014)

"Arthritis and musculoskeletal problems, such as back and neck pain, are powerful predictors of significant disability."

(Ref: Hoy et al. Burden of musculoskeletal conditions, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2010) 

“Neck pain is the 4th leading cause of disability worldwide.”

 (Ref. Hoy et al. Global burden of neck pain, BMJ 2014)