Joshua Cleland

Professor

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2000  
Master of Physical Therapy, Notre Dame College, Manchester, NH

2001
  
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

2005
  
Fellowship in Manual Physical Therapy, Regis University, Denver, CO

2006
  
Doctor of Philosophy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2007
  
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Phone: (603) 647-3552
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Courses Taught
  • Term I: Kinesiology
  • Term 2: Musculoskeletal System I—Upper Extremity
  • Term 3: Musculoskeletal System II—Lower Extremity
  • Term 4: Musculoskeletal System III—Spine
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Manual therapy and exercise for the spine and extremities

Honors & Awards

2016: David Lamb Memorial Award, International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists

2016: Ranked as the 6th leading Medical Expert in the World (1st in US) on the Management of Neck Pain based on quality of publications over the previous 10 years, Expertscape.com

2015: Rothstein Golden Pen for Scientific Inquiry Award. American Physical Therapy Association

2015: Rose Award: Rose Excellence in Research Award, Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association

2015: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Excellence in Research Award

2014: Rose Award: Rose Excellence in Research Award, Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association

2014: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Excellence in Research Award

2013: American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Best Manual Therapy and Exercise Presentation Award

2013: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Excellence in Research Award

2013: Rose Award: Rose Excellence in Research Award, Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association

2012: Journal of Physiotherapy, Paper of the Year

2012: John Medeiros Award, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

2011: Chattanooga Research Award, American Physical Therapy Association

2010: Prescrire Prize, Prescrire International, France

2010: Dick Erhard, Excellence in Research Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

2009: Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, American Physical Therapy Association

2008: Jack Walker Award, American Physical Therapy Association

2006: Dick Erhard, Excellence in Research Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

2006: JOSPT George J. Davies - James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award

2006: TherEx Award for Excellence in a Published Case Study, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

2006: Emerging Leader Award, American Physical Therapy Association

2005: TherEx Award for Excellence in a Published Case Study, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

2004: Dick Erhard, Excellence in Research Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

2004: TherEx Award for Excellence in a Published Case Study, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

2004: 
Faculty Scholarship Productivity Award, Franklin Pierce College

2001: Graduated DPT, Summa Cum Laude, Creighton University


Publications and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Publications (Past 5 years only):

Bishop MD, Mintken P, Bialosky JE, Cleland JA. Factors Shaping Expectations for Complete Recovery During Rehabilitation for Patients with Spine Pain.  Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. In Press.

Sparks C, Cleland JA, Elliott J, Kelly J, Zagardo M, Liu WC. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging to determine if cerebral hemodynamic responses to pain change following thoracic spine thrust manipulation in individuals with neck pain: a randomized trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. In Press.

Shariat A, Cleland JA. Relationships between Cornell Musculoskeletal discomfort questionnaire and Online Rapid Office Strain Assessment (ROSA) Questionnaire. Iranian Journal of Public Health. In Press.

Salamh PA, Reiman M, Cleland JA, Mintken PE, Rodeghero J,  Cook CE. Risk Stratification for 4,837 Individuals with Knee Pain who receive Physical Therapy Treatment. Journal of Musculoskeletal Care. In Press.

Espí-López GV, Serra-Añó P, Vicent-Ferrando J, Sánchez-Moreno-Giner M, Arias-Buría JL, Cleland JA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Effectiveness of Inclusion of Dry Needling into a Multimodal Therapy Program for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: a Randomized Parallel-Group Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. In Press.

Kargarfard M, Shariat A, Ingle L, Cleland JA. The Effects of Aquatic Exercise Training on Function, Balance, and Perceptions of Fatigue in Female Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In Press.

Lambert M, Hitchcock R, Lavallee K, Hayford E, Morazzini R, Wallace A, Conroy D, Cleland JA. The Effects of Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Compared to other Interventions on Pain and Function: A Systematic Review. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2017;22:76-85.

Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Cleland JA, Palacios-Ceña M, Alburquerque-Sendín F, Fuensalida-Novo S, Alonso-Blanco C, Pareja J. Effectiveness of Manual Therapy versus Surgery in pain Processing in Women with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial.  European Journal of Pain. 2017;21:1266-1276.

Dunning J, Mourad F, Zingoni A, Lorio R, Perreault T, Zacharko N, Rosa R, Butts R. Cleland JA. Unilateral and Multiple Cavitation Sounds During Cervicothoracic Junction Thrust Manipulation. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2017;12:642-654.

Villafañe JH, Perucchini D, Cleland JA. The Effectiveness of a Cognitive Behavioral Exercise Approach Compared to Usal Care in Patients with Whiplash Associated Disorder: A Quasi-experimental Clinical Trial. Journal of Back and Musculoskelteal Rehabilitation. 2017.

Gattie E, Cleland JA, Snodgrass S. The Effectiveness of Trigger Point Dry Needling for Musculoskeletal Conditions by Physical Therapists: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2017;47:133-149. 

Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Cleland JA, Salom-Moreno J, Alonso-Blanco C, Palacios-Ceña M, Pareja JA. Changes in Function, Cervical Range of Motion and Pinch Grip Force after Manual Physical Therapy in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2017;47:151-161.

Mintken PE, McDevitt AW, Cleland JA, Boyles RE, Beardslee, AR, Burns SA, Haberl MD, Binder LA, Michener LA. Examination of Prognostic Variables To Identify Patients With Shoulder Pain Likely To Benefit From Cervicothoracic Manual Therapy: Secondary Analysis of A Multi-Center Randomized Clinical Trial.  Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2017:3;11-25.

Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Cleland JA, Salom-Moreno J, Palacios-Ceña M, Martínez-Perez A, Pareja JA, Ortega-Santiago R. Prediction of Outcome in Women with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome who Recieve manual Physical Therapy Interventions: A Validation Study. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2016;46:443-451.

Mintken PE, McDevitt AW, Michener LA, Boyles RE, Beardslee, AR, Burns SA, Haberl MD, Binder LA, Cleland JA. Cervicothoracic Manual Therapy Plus Exercise versus Exercise Alone in the Management of Individuals with Shoulder Pain: A Multi-Center Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2016;46:617-628.

Girard J, Parent-Nichols J, Cleland JA. Therapeutic Alliance and Patient Outcomes. Fisioterapia. 2016.

Rodeghero JR, Cleland JA, Mintken PE, Cook C. Risk Stratification of Patients with Shoulder Pain seen in Physical Therapy Practice. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2016:23;257-263.

Castro-Sanchez, A, Lara-Palomo IC, Saavedra-Hernández M, Matarán-Peñarrocha GA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Aguilar-Ferrándiz Me, Cleland JA, Castro-Sánchez  AM. Short-Term Effectiveness of Spinal Manipulative Therapy versus Functional Technique in Patients with Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Pragmatic Trial. Spine Journal.  2016;16:302-312. .

Dunning J, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, Fernandez-de-las Peñas C, Higgins M, Stanislawsky T, Donley J, Buck D, Hooks TR, Cleland JA. Upper Cervical and Thoracic Thrust Manipulation versus Non-thrust Mobilization and Exercise in Patients with Cervicogenic Headache: A Multi-center Randomized Clinical Trial.  BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2016; 17:64.

Villafane JH, Peranzoni M, Bertozzi L, Imperio G, Cleland JA, Negrini. Lumbar Muscle Fatigue in Patients with Non-Specific Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2016;5:1-13.

Burns SA, Cleland JA, Carpenter K, Mintken P. Interrater Reliability of the Cervicothoracic and Shoulder Physical Examination in Patients with Primary Complaint of Shoulder Pain. Physical Therapy in Sport. 2015;18:46-55.

Cook CE, Rodeghero JR, Cleland JA, Mintken PE. A Preliminary Risk Stratification Model for Individuals with Neck Pain. Musculoskeletal Care. 2015:13;169-178.

Griswold D, Learman K, O'Halloran B, Cleland JA. A Preliminary Study Comparing the use of Cervical/upper Thoracic Mobilization and Manipulation for Individuals with Mechanical Neck Pain. The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. 2015;23:75-83.

Rodeghero JR, Cook CE, Cleland JA, Mintken PE.  Risk Stratification of Patients with Low Back Pain Seen in Physical Therapy Practice. Manual Therapy. 2015;20:855-860.

Sabadis G, Gattie E, Cleland JA. Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head in a Patient after Lumbar Decompression. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2015;45:497. 

Mcdevitt M, Young J, Mintken P, Cleland JA. Regional Interdependence and Manual Therapy Directed at the Thoracic Spine. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2015;23:147-153.

Torres-Chica B, Ortega-Santiago R, Cleland JA, Salom-Moreno J, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Trigger Points and Pressure Pain Hypersensitivity in People with Post-Meniscectomy Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2015;31:265-272.

Mintken PE, Pascoe SC, Barsch AK, Cleland JA. Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services is Safe in a University Student Health Center Setting. Journal of Allied Health. 2015;44:164-168.

McClinton S, Cleland JA, Flynn TW. Investigation of Age, Body Mass Index, and Duration of Symptoms as Predictors of Response to Physical Therapy Intervention for Plantar Heel Pain: A Secondary Analysis of Data from a Randomized Clinical Trial. Foot and Ankle International. 2015;35:408-416.

Rodeghero J, Flynn T, Cleland JA, Wainner R, Whitman JM, Wang I. The Impact of Physical Therapy Residency or Fellowship Education on Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Common Musculoskeletal Impairments. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.2015;45:86-96.

Delgado-Gil JA, Prado-Robles E, Rodrigues-de-Souza DP, Cleland JA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Alburquerque-Sendín F. Effects of Mobilization-with-Movement on Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Unilateral Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2015:38:245-252.  

Arias-Buría JL, Valero-Alcaide R, Cleland JA, Salom-Moreno J, Ortega-Santiago R, Atín-Arratibel MA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Effectivness of the Inclusion of Trigger Point Dry Needling into a Multimodal Physical Therapy Program for Post-Operative Shoulder Pain: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2015;38:179-187.

Villafañe JH, Zanetti L, Isgrò M, Cleland JA, Bertozzi L, Gobbo M, Negrini S. Validity and Everyday Clinical Applicability of Lumbar Muscle Fatigue Assessment Methods in Patients with Non-Specific Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 2015;28:201-214.

Morozzo U,  Villafane JH, Ieropoli G, Zompi SC,  Cleland JA, Navissano M, Malan  F. Soft Tissue Reconstruction with Dermal Substitutes versus Alternative Approaches in Patients with Traumatic Wounds.  Indian Journal of Surgery.  2015;17:1180-1186.

Rhon DI, Boyles RB, Cleland JA. One-year Outcome of Subacromial Corticosteroid Injection Compared to Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy for the Management of Unilateral Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2014; 161:161-169.

Llamas-Ramos, Pecos-Martin D, Gallego-Izquierdo T, Plaza-Manzano G, Ortega-Santiago R, Cleland JA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Effectiveness of Trigger Point Dry Needling versus Trigger Point Manual Therapy for the Management of Chronic Mechanical Neck Pain. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.2014;44:852-861.

Llamas-Ramos, Pecos-Martin D, Gallego-Izquierdo T, Plaza-Manzano G, Ortega-Santiago R, Cleland JA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Effectiveness of Trigger Point Dry Needling versus Trigger Point Manual Therapy for the Management of Chronic Mechanical Neck Pain. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.2014;44:852-861.

Costello M, Cleland JA, Puentedura L, Ciccone C. The Effects of Soft Tissue Mobilization versus Therapeutic Ultrasound for Patients with Neck and Arm Pain with Evidence of Neural Mechanical Sensitivity: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2014.

Cleland JA, Mintken P, McDevitt A, Bieniek M, Carpenter C, Kulp K, Whitman JM. Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise Versus Supervised Home Exercise in the Management of Patients Status Post Inversion Ankle Sprain: A Multi-Center Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013.43:443-455.

Dedering A, Halvorsen M, Cleland JA, Svensson M, Peolsson A. Interventions for Patients with Cervical Radiculopathy- Neck Specific Training with a Cognitive Behavioural Approach Compared with Prescribed Physical Activity Approach Compared with Prescribed Physical Activity in a Prospective Randomised Clinical Trial, a Study Protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2014. 15.

Hermansen A, Cleland JA, Peolsson A. Evaluating Physical Function after Anterior Surgical Decompression and Fusion Surgery- A Long Term Follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2014;37:87-96.

Davenport TE, Cleland JA, Yamada KA, Kulig K. Validity and Sensitivity to Change of the Low Back Activity Confidence Scale in Individuals with Low Back Pain Meeting a Clinical Decision Rule. Evaluation and the Health Professions. 2014.

Collins CK, Cleland JA. The Effectiveness of Strain Counterstrain in the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability: a Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2014;22:119-128.

Hanney WJ, George SZ, Young I, Salamh P, Cleland JA. Inter-rater reliability of the physical examination in patients with neck pain. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.2014;30:345-352.

Snodgrass JS, Cleland JA, Haskins R, Rivett D. The Effect of Manipulation on Cervical Range of Motion and its Utility in Diagnosis and Prognosis: A Systematic Review. Physiotherapy. 2014;100:290-304.

Cook C, Cleland JA, Hegedus E, Wright A, Baxter D, Hancock M. The Creation of the Diagnostic Accuracy Quality Scale. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2014; 22:90-96.

González-Iglesias J, Cleland JA, Hall T, Neto F, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Mobilization with Movement, Thoracic Spine Manipulation and Dry Needling for the Management of Temporomandibular Disorder: A Prospective Case Series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2013;29:586-595.

Sparks C, Cleland JA, Elliott J, Wen-Ching L, Kattah J, Zagardo M.  Using fMRI to Determine if Hemodynamic Responses to Pain Change Following Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation in Healthy Controls. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013; 3:340-348.

Masaracchio M, Cleland JA, Hellman M, Hagins M. Short-term Combined Effects of Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation and Cervical Spine Non-thrust Manipulation in Individuals with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013; 43:118-127.

Riddle DL, Stratford PW, Carter TL, Cleland JA. Psychometric Properties of the Outpatient Physical Therapy Improvement in Movement Assessment Log (OPTIMAL) in Patients with Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Replication Study with Additional Findings. Physical Therapy Journal. 2013; 93:672-680.

Hanney JW, George SZ, Kolber M, Young I, Patel C, Cleland JA. Development of a clinical prediction rule to identify patients with neck pain that may benefit from a standardized program of stretching and muscle performance exercise: A prospective cohort study. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013;8:756-776.

Bishop MD, Mintken P, Bialosky JE, Cleland JA. Patient Expectations of Benefit from Interventions for Neck Pain Resulting Influence on Outcome of Intervention. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013; 43:457-465.

Villafañe JH, Cleland JA, Fernandez-de-las-Peñas C. The Effectivness of a Manual Therapy and Exercise Approach in Patients with Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013; 43:204-213.

Sueki D, Cleland JA, Wainner R. A Regional-Interdependence Model of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction: Research, Mechanisms and Clinical Implications.  Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2013; 21:90-102.

Nee RJ, Vicenzino B, Jull GA, Cleland JA, Coppieters MW. Characteristics of Patients with Nerve-Related Neck and Arm Pain Predict a Specific Response in the Short Term to Conservative Treatment of Neural Tissues. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013; 43: 379-391.

Truyols-Domínguez S, Salom-Moreno J, Abian-Vicent J, Cleland JA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Effectiveness of Myofascial Therapy Combined with Thrust and Non-Thrust Manipulation for the Management of Acute Post-Inversion Ankle Sprain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013; 43:300-309.

Sparks C, Cleland JA, Elliott J. Supraspinal Structures May be Associated with Hypoalgesia Following Thrust Manipulation to the Spine: A Review of the Literature. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2013; 18: 112-116.

Villafañe JH, Cleland JA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Does Passive Accessory Mobilization Result in Bilateral Sensory and Motor Effects in Patients with Thumb Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis? Secondary Analysis of a Clinical Trail.  Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2013. 36:232-237.

Arroyo-Morales M,  Cleland JA, Ortega-Santiago R,  de-la-Llave-Rincón AI, Martínez-Perez A, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. The Identification of Clinical, Physical, and Neurophysiological Impairments Associated with Decreased Function in Women with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013; 43:641-649.

Puentedura EJ, Cleland JA, Landers MR, Mintken P,  Louw AL, Fernandez-de-las-Penas. Development of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Neck Pain Likely to Benefit from Thrust Joint Manipulation to the Cervical Spine. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2012; 42:577-592.

Saavedra-Hernandez M, Castro-Sanchez AM, Cuesta-Vargas AI, Cleland JA, Fernandez-de-las-Penas, Arroyo-Morales M. The Contribution of Pain Intensity, Physical Impairments and Pain Related Fear to Disability in Patients with Chronic Mechanical Neck Pain. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.2012; 91:1070-1076.

Nee RJ, Vicenzino B, Jull GA, Cleland JA, Coppieters MW. Benefits and harms of neural tissue management as an intervention for patients with nerve-related neck and arm pain: a randomised control trial. Journal of Physiotherapy. 2012; 58:23-31.

Saavedra-Hernandez M, Castro-Sanchez AM, Arroyo-Morales M, Cleland JA, Lara-Palomo IC, Fernandez-de-las-Penas.  Short-Term Effects of Kinesiotaping versus Cervical Thrust Manipulation in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2012; 42:724-730.

Martínez-Segura R, Isabel de-la-Llave-Rincón A, Ortega-Santiago R, Cleland JA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Immediate Changes in Widespread Pressure Pain Sensitivity, Neck Pain, and Cervical Range of Motion after Cervical or Thoracic Thrust Manipulation in Subjects with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2012; 42:806-814.

Flynn TW, Koppenhaver S, Cleland JA, Hebert J. Spinal Manipulations Work- But Our Explanations Fail. Manuelle Therapie. 2012; 16:163-169.

Mintken P, Cleland JA. In a 32 Year Old Women with Chronic Neck Pain and Headaches, Will an Exercise Regimen Be Beneficial for Reducing Pain and Her Reports of Neck Pain and Headaches?. Physical Therapy.  2012; 92:645-651.

Dunning JR, Cleland JA, Waldrop MA, Arnot C, Young I, Divincenzo J, Turner M, Sigurdsson G. Upper Cervical and Upper Thoracic Thrust Manipulation versus Non-thrust Mobilization in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain. A Multi-center Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. 2012; 42:5-18.

Puentedura EJ, March J, Anders J, Perez A, Landers MR, Wallmann HV, Cleland, JA. Safety of Cervical Spine Manipulation: Are Adverse Events Preventable and are Manipulations Being Performed Appropriately? A Systematic Review. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2012; 20: 66-74.

López-Sendín N, Alburquerque-Sendín F, Cleland JA, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. The Effects of Massage and Exercise Therapy on Pain and Mood in Patients with Cancer: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2012; 18:1-7.

Rhon D, Boyles J, Cleland JA, Brown D. A Manual Physical Therapy Approach versus Subacromial Corticosteroid Injection for the Management of Shoulder Impingement. A Randomized Clinical Trial Protocol. BMJ Open. September 24th, 2012.

Cleland JA, Whitman JM, Houser J, Wainner RS, Childs JD. Psychometric Properties of the Modified Oswestry Disability Index, Numeric Pain Rating Scale, Modified Swiss Spinal Stenosis Scale, and Patient Specific Functional Scale in Patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Spine Journal. 2012; 10:921-931.

Nee RJ, Vicenzino B, Jull GA, Cleland JA, Coppieters M. A Novel Protocol to Develop a Prediction Model That Identifies Patients with Nerve Related Neck and Arm Pain who benefit from the Early Introduction of Neural Tissue Management. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2012; 32:760-770.

Platform Presentations at Scientific Meetings- International (past 5-years):

Cervicothoracic Manipulation for the Treatment of Shoulder Pain. International Federation Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Conference. International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists Conference. Glasgow, Scotland, 2016.

A Manual Physical Therapy Approach Compared to Corticosteroid Injection for the Treatment of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: Short Term Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial, International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Therapists Conference, Quebec, Canada, 2012.

Short-term Combined Effects of Thoracic Manipulation with Cervical Mobilization in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial, International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Therapists Conference, Quebec, Canada, 2012.

The Side, Duration and Number of Cavitation Sounds During Upper Cervical Thrust Manipulation, International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Therapists Conference, Quebec, Canada, 2012.

Specific Mechanical Pain Sensitivity over Peripheral Nerve Trunks in Women with Unilateral Epicondylalgia and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Neurodynamics and the Neuromatrix Conference, Nottingham, April, 2012.

Platform Presentations at Scientific Meetings- National(past 5-years):

The influence of a concurrent medical diagnosis of insomnia on healthcare visits, costs, and opioid use in individuals undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  San Antonio, TX, February 2017.

The Influence of a Concurrent Medical Diagnosis of Insomnia on Healthcare Visits, Costs, and Opioid use in Individuals Undergoing Orthopaedic Hip Surgery. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  San Antonio, TX, February 2017.

Understanding pain and disability in older adults with back pain; a qualitative study of individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  San Antonio, TX, February 2017.

Psychosocial factors related to pain and disability in individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  San Antonio, TX, February 2017.

The Effectiveness of Trigger Point Dry Needling for Musculoskeletal Conditions by Physical Therapists: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist Conference, St Louis, MO, October 2016.

Predictors of Response to Manual Therapy and Exercise for Individuals with a Primary Complaint of Low Back Pain: A Secondary Analysis. Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist Conference, St Louis, MO, October 2016.

Upper Cervical and Upper Thoracic Thrust Manipulation versus Nonthrust Mobilization and Exercise in Patients with Cervicogenic Headache: A Multicentered Randomized Clinical Trial. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  Anaheim, CA, February 2016.

Dry Needling in the Management of Chronic Knee Pain after Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Case Report. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist Conference, Louisville, KY, October 2015.

Examination of Prognostic Variables to Identify Patients with Shoulder Pain Likely to Benefit from Cervicothoracic Manipulation: A Multicentered Randomized Clinical Trial. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  Anaheim, CA, February 2016.

Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Determine if Cerebral Hemodynamic Responses to Pain Change Following Thoracic Spine Manipulation in Individuals with Mechanical Neck Pain. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  Anaheim, CA, February 2016.

The Examination of Patient Expectations Associated with Manipulation Modulated Pain Ratings and Signal Changes Using Blood Oxygenated Level-Dependent Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  Anaheim, CA, February 2016.

Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Determine if Cerebral Hemodynamic Responses to Pain Change Following Thoracic Spine Manipulation in Individuals with Mechanical Neck Pain. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist Conference, Louisville, KY, October 2015.

The Examination of Patient Expectations Associated with Manipulation Modulated Pain Ratings and Signal Changes Using Blood Oxygenated Level-Dependent Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist Conference, Louisville, KY, October 2015.

Examination of Prognostic Variables to Identify Patients with Shoulder Pain Likely to Benefit from Cervicothoracic Manipulation: A Multi-Center Randomized Clinical Trial.  Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association. Anaheim California, February 2016.

One-year Outcome of Subacromial Corticosteroid Injection Compared to Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy for the Management of Unilateral Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.

Prevalence of Low Back Pain in Individuals with Plantar Heel Pain: A Retrospective Case-Control Analysis. Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.

Investigation of Age, Body Mass Index, and Duration of Symptoms as Predictors of Response to Physical Therapy Intervention for Plantar Heel Pain: A Secondary Analysis of Data from a Randomized Clinical Trial. Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.

Using fMRI to Determine if Hemodynamic Responses to Pain Change Following Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation in Healthy Controls. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Cincinnati, OH, October, 2014.

Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise Versus Supervised Home Exercise in the Management of Patients Status Post Inversion Ankle Sprain: A Multi-Center Randomized Clinical Trial. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Cincinnati, OH, October, 2014.

Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services is Safe in a University Student Health Center Setting.  Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  San Diego, CA January 2013.

Baseline Characteristics of Patients with Nerve-related Neck and Arm Pain Predict the Likely Response to Neurodynamic Treatment. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association.  San Diego, CA, January 2013.

Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation versus Cervical Spine Thrust Manipulation in Patients with Acute Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Chicago, IL, February, 2012.


Professional Memberships

  • 2006-present,Fellow: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • 1998-present,American Physical Therapy Association
  • 1998-present,New Hampshire Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • 2000-present,The New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute
  • 2001-present,Member: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Grants Received

  • Dry Needling for Patients with Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Orthopaedic Section Small Grant Program, Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association. June 2016- May 2018. $15,000. Co-Investigator.
  • Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation for Cervicogenic Headaches: A Multi-Centered Randomized Clinical Trial. Cardon Rehabilitation Products, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. October 2015- October 2016. $3,000. Co-Investigator.
  • A Pragmatically Applied Cervical and Thoracic Non-thrust Mobilizations versus Thrust Manipulation for Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial. Cardon Rehabilitation Products, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. October 2015- October 2016. $3,000. Co-Investigator.
  • Using Structural Health Monitoring to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain in U.S. Service Members: Translation to a Novel Handheld Device. AMEDD Advanced Medical Technology Initiative Grant. 2015. $211,000. Co-Investigator.
  • Using fMRI to Determine Hemodynamic Responses to Pain Following Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation in Patients with Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association. Clinical Research Grant Program Grant. 2013. $23,057. Co-Investigator 2013.
  • The Impact of Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship and Orthopedic Residency Programs on Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Common Musculoskeletal Impairments.  2012 OPTP Research Grant, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. $4000. Co-Investigator.
  • Validation of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Shoulder Pain Likely to Benefit from Cervicothoracic Manipulation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. 2012 Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Research Grant Program Grant. $25,000. Co-Investigator.
  • Treatment-Based Classification versus Usual Care for Management of Low Back Pain:  Department of Defense (DOD) Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) 2012. Grant. $260,886. Co-Investigator.
  • A Manual Physical Therapy Approach versus Subacromial Corticosteroid Injection for Treatment of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: a Randomized Clinical Trial. OPTP Grant, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. October 2010- October 2011. $4000. Co-Investigator.
  • Development of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Neck Pain Likely to Benefit from Education and Exercise. Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association.  March 2010- March 2011, $9,000. Co-Investigator.
  • Short-term Effects of Upper Cervical and Upper Thoracic High-velocity Low-amplitude Thrust Manipulation versus Mobilization on Range of Motion, Motor Performance, Pain and Disability in Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Neck Pain. OPTP Grant, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. October 2009- October 2010. $4000. Co-Investigator.
  • Epidural Injection versus Epidural Injection and Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise in the Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis; a Randomized Clinical Trial. Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association.  $25,000. March 2009- March 2011. Principal Investigator.
  • Epidural Steroid Injection versus Epidural Steroid Injection and Physical Therapy in the Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis; a Randomized Clinical Trial.  $6,500; Bob Doctor Research Grant, Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association: December 2008.
  • Manual Therapy and Exercise versus Home Exercises in the Management of Patients Status Post Ankle Sprain: A Multi-Center Randomized Clinical Trial, OPTP Grant, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. October 2008- October 2009. $4000. Principal Investigator.
  • Identification of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Neck Pain Likely to Benefit form Cervical Spine Manipulation. Cardon Rehabilitation Products, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. October 2007- October 2008. $6,000. Co-Investigator.
  • Effectiveness of Impairment Based Manual Therapy and Exercise Approach Versus Traditional Treatment in the Management of Heel Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Cardon Rehabilitation Products, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. October 2007- October 2008. $5,000. Principal Investigator.
  • Validation of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Neck Pain Likely to Benefit from Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Foundation for Physical Therapy, $40,000. January 2007- December 2007. Principal Investigator.
  • Validation of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Neck Pain Likely to Benefit from Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association, $9,500. March 2007- February 2008. Principal Investigator.
  • Development of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Shoulder Pain Likely to Benefit from Cervicothoracic Manipulation. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist, Cardon Rehabilitation Products. October 2006- October 2007. $5,000. Co-Investigator.
  • Conservative Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy; a Randomized Clinical Trial. Private Funding. Sept 2006- August 2007. $25,000. Co-Investigator.
  • Development of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients Status Post Inversion Ankle Sprain Likely to Benefit from Manual Physical Therapy Interventions and Exercise. Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Research Network Grant. April, 2006- March 2007, $7,500. Co-Investigator.
  • Comparison of the Effectiveness of Three Manual Therapy Techniques in a Subgroup of Patients with Low Back Who Satisfy a Clinical Prediction Rule: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Academy of Orthopaedic manual Physical Therapists, October 2005- October 2006. $5,000. Principal Investigator.
  • Comparison of the Effectiveness of Mobilization and Manipulation of the Thoracic Spine in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain: a Randomized Clinical Trail. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, October 2005- October 2006. $3,000. Co-investigator.
  • The Development of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Neck Pain Likely to Benefit from Thoracic Manipulation. Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association, April 2004–March 2005, $7,500. Co-investigator.