Shannon Petersen, P.T., DScPT, OCS, FAAOMPT,COMT

Petersen, Shannon-54756
Associate ProfessorDoctor of Physical Therapy Program
Physical Therapist (limited availability)Physical Therapy Clinic
Clinic Appointment 515-271-1717
Fax 515-271-7082

Area of Expertise
  • Orthopaedic manual physical therapy; treatment of patients with spinal pain
  • Clinical Practice (practice setting, location) orthopedic outpatient – Des Moines University PT Clinic
Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • APTA Education Section
    • APTA Orthopaedic Section
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
    • Member: AAOMPT Advisory Review Panel
    • Member: AAOMPT Research Committee
    • Founding Member: AAOMPT Academic Faculty Special Interest Group
  • Member: Specialization Academy of Content Experts. American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Orthopaedics Exam Item Writer
  • American Academy of Neurologists: Headache Measure Development Work Group. American Physical Therapy Association Representative.
  • Abstract Reviewer: Orthopaedic Section of the APTA: Combined Sections Meeting
  • Abstract Reviewer: AAOMPT National Conference
  • Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member: Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  • Second Look Day DMU Admissions Event: Manual Therapy Across Various Physical Therapy Settings
  • HealthPASS- Physical Therapy: Musculo-Skeletal Injury
  • DMU DPT Admissions Committee
  • Discover DMU Manual Therapy Demonstration

2014 research

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.

2010 research

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