Associate professor - Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical therapist (limited availability) - Physical therapy clinic
Manual therapy and exercise are among recommended interventions for patients with specific spinal and extremity disorders based on physical therapy clinical practice guidelines, although the interaction between these interventions is not clear. The focus of my current research is to examine the effects of thrust manipulation on muscle strength both locally and distant to the joint treated.
Spinal dysfunction can be a cause or contributing factor to pain in the upper extremity. We have investigated a manual test of neural tissue in the upper extremity. Using this test, in addition to other functional outcomes, we are investigating the effect of spinal manipulation and neural tissue mobilization on subjects with upper extremity diagnoses.
Petersen SM, Cook CE, Donaldson MB, Hassen AL, Ellis AR, Learman KE. Augmented exercises and manual therapy: effects on clinical outcomes and quantitative sensory testing. Abtract. JMMT. September , 2013 - link
Mc Clinton S, Davenport T, Petersen SM. Physical therapist management of complicated bilateral ankle sprain. Abstract. JOSPT.41(1):A52-A93;, 2011
Petersen SM and Vardaxis VG. Reliability of the Flexion-Rotation Test When Performed Actively by Subjects with Cervicogenic Headaches. Abstract. JOSPT.41(1):A52-A93;, 2011
Covill LG and Petersen SM. Between limb differences in the upper extremity component of neurodynamic tests. Physiotherpay Theory and Practice. Epub Dec 27, 2011
Petersen SM and Wyatt SN. Lower Trapezius Muscle Strength in Individuals With Unilateral Neck Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. Apr;41; (4):260-5. Epub Feb 2:, 2011 - link
Petersen SM and Covill LC. Reliability of the Radial and Ulnar Nerve Biased Neural Tissue Provocation Tests. Physiother Theory Pract. Oct;26(7);, 2010
Petersen SM and Scott DR. Application of a classification system and description of a combined manual therapy intervention: a case with low back related leg pain. JMMT. 18(2);, 2010
Covill LC, Petersen SM. The Upper Extremity Neural Tissue Provocation Test: Within Subject Limb Differences. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas Nevada. Abstract. JOSPT. 39(1);, 2009
Awards and honors
2013 - Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Products Award/AAOMPT: Prescriptively Prescribed Non-Thrust Mobilization versus a Pragmatically Prescribed Non-Thrust Mobilization used for Individuals with Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PI: Cook C. Co-investigators: Donaldson M, Ellis A, Learman K.
2012 - Des Moines University Outstanding Teacher Award
2011 - Cardon Rehabilitation Research Award/AAOMPT: The Use of a Home Exercise Program to Augment a Manual Therapy Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Co-Investigators: Sillevis RJ, Cook CE
2010 - Fellowship Status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)