Research spotlight: Shannon Petersen

Petersen is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist. Petersen is currently a fellow in the Manual Therapy Fellowship program at Regis University where her focus is evidence-based orthopaedic manual physical therapy. In addition to manual therapy, her clinical and research interests lie in examination and interventions for patients with headaches and musculoskeletal spinal dysfunction.

Current research projects

  • Lower trapezius muscle strength in subjects with unilateral neck pain.
  • Validity of the active upper cervical flexion-rotation test in subjects with cervicogenic headaches.
  • Upper extremity neurodynamic tests in asymptomatic subjects: between limb differences.
  • Lumbar manipulation in subjects with anterior knee pain.
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