When it comes to needing physical therapy, you have many choices. What separates the best practices from the others is dedication to using the latest techniques in patient care and treatments. Why? Because physical therapy is not a static science.

No area clinic is more invested in ongoing physical therapy research than Physical Therapy Specialists. Led by Dr. Paul Roubal, we pride ourselves on significant involvement in such clinically-oriented research as neuroscience, screening programs and specific shoulder, neck, and headache treatments in physical therapy. Nearly all of the physical therapists on staff at PTS likewise follow through with additional programs and research.

At Physical Therapy Specialists, we are extremely proud of our ongoing involvement with practice-driven research. As a practical matter, we understand that such research allows us to improve the caliber and the scope of the care we give our patients.

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  • Roubal, P.J. and Placzek, J. “Translational Manipulation after Failed Arthroscopic Capsular Release for Recalcitrant Adhesive Capsulitis: A Case Report. J Manipulative and Physiol Ther. 2008. 31: Pages 632-636.

  • Placzek, J.D., Freeman, D.C., Lukens, S.C., Badalementi, S. Roubal, P.R., and Wiater, J.M. “Predicting shoulder strength using allometry: implications for shoulder outcome assessments”. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Volume 22, 2004, Pages 884-888

  • Placzek, J.D., Lukens, S.C., Badalanmenti, S., Roubal, P.J., Freeman, D.C., Wallerman, K.M., Parrot, A., Waiter, J.M. "Shoulder Outcome Measures, A Comparison of 6 Functional Tests." The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 32, No. 5, 2004.

  • Placzek, J.D., Freeman, D.C., Lukens, S.C., Badalanmenti, S., Roubal, P.J., Waiter, J.M. "Predicting Shoulder Strength Using Allometry: Implications for Shoulder Outcome Assessments." Journal of Orthopaedic Research 22, 2004

  • Placzek, J.D., Roubal, P.J., Kulig, K., Pagett, B.T., Waiter, J.M. "Theory and Technique of Transitional Manipulation for Adhesive Capsulitis." The American Journal of Orthopedics, 2004

  • Placzek, J.D., Roubal, P.J., Kulig, K., and Pagett, B.T. “Glenohumeral Translational Manipulation - A Description of Technique”. American Journal of Orthopaedics. April 2004, Pages 173-179

  • Placzek, J.D., Pagett, B.T., Roubal, P.J., Jones, B.A., McMichael, H.G., Rozanski, E.A., and Gianotto, K.L. "The Influence of the Cervical Spine and Chronic Headache in Women: A Pilot Study." The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Vol 7:1, 33-39, 1999.

  • Roubal, P.J., Freeman, D.C., and Placzek, J.D., "Cost and Effectiveness of Scoliosis Screening." Physiotherapy, Vol 85:5, 259-268, May 1999.

  • Placzek, J.D., Roubal, P.J., Freeman, D.C., Kulig, K., Nasser, S., and Pagett, B.T. "Long Term Effectiveness of Translational Manipulation for Adhesive Capsulitis." Clinical Orthopaedics, 356, 181-191, Nov 1998.

  • Placzek, J.D., and Kulig, K. "Translational Manipulation Under Anesthesia." Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America, 7:4, 541-563, Dec 1998.

  • Roubal, P.J., Dobritt, D., and Placzek, J.P., "Glenohumeral Manipulation Following Interscalene Brachial Plexus Block in Patients with Adhesive Capsulitis." JOSPT, 24:2, 66-77, 1996.

  • Roubal, P.J., LaGrandeur, R., and Chevason, A. "Bilateral Radial Nerve Palsies from use of a Standard Birthing Bar." OB-GYN, 87:5, 1996.

  • Jeffrey D. Placzek, MD, PT, OCS, David A. Boyce, MS, PT, ECS, OCS, contributing authors Paul J. Roubal, PhD, PT, OCS, Teri L. Charlton, MPT, OCS, Brian T. Pagett, MPT, OCS Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Secrets 2001, Hanley and Belfus

  • Roubal, P.J. & Placzek, J.D. Translational Manipulation after Failed Arthroscopic Capsular Release for Recalcitrant Adhesive Capsulitis. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Submitted November 2007.

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