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Joel Bialosky, PT, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida


Phone: (352) 273-8636

Lead Mentor

M. Robinson, PhD

Research Areas

Investigating mechanisms of manual therapy in the treatment of individuals with musculoskeletal pain conditions

  • 1990 Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY BS, Physical Therapy
  • 1998 University of Pittsburg MS, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
  • 2008 University of Florida PhD, Rehabilitation Science


Research Funding

Clinical Research Network Grant (George) 1/01/2013 - 01/31/2017 Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Creation of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy - Investigative Network (OPT-IN) for the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort Study This study has two goals: 1) creation of OPT-IN which will advance the profession by allowing for collaboration on high impact clinical research questions that inform orthopaedic physical therapy practice; 2) completion of the OSPRO cohort study to validate national standard screening tools for red and yellow flags which will enhance patient classification for commonly treated orthopaedic conditions. Role: Co-Investigator

Cardon Research Grant (Beneciuk) 2014 - 2017 American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Mid-Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation for Individuals Status Post-Surgical Cervical Fusion This study investigates the efficacy of receiving physical therapy intervention supplemented with mid-thoracic spine thrust manipulation in comparison to receiving a similar physical therapy intervention that is not supplemented with mid-thoracic spine thrust manipulation in study participants following post-surgical cervical fusion. Role: Principal Investigator

Brooks Foundation (Bialosky) 2013 - 2018 Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital PHHP-Brooks Partnership Patient-centered research targeting the advancement of clinical care in a rehabilitation setting. The project I direct examines the non-specific mechanisms of spinal manipulative therapy for low back pain and pain Sensitivity as a biomarker for spinal manipulative therapy. Role: PI of Project

Completed (past 3 years)
Cervical and Shoulder Manipulative Therapy Effects on Pain Sensitivity (Coronado) 6/1/2012 - 6/1/14 Orthopedic Section American Physical Therapy Association Goal: The study documents the effect of two thrust manual therapy techniques, differing in location, on central and peripheral pain processing in individuals currently experiencing shoulder pain. Role: Co-Investigator

Publications (past 5 years)

Lentz TA, Beneciuk JM, Bialosky JE, Zeppieri G Jr, Dai Y, Wu SS, George S. Development of a Yellow Flag Assessment Tool for Orthopaedic Physical Therapists: Results From the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort. JOSPT. 2016 May;46(5):327-43.

Bishop MD, Torres-Cueco R, Gay CW, Lluch-Girbés E, Beneciuk JM, Bialosky JE. What effect can manual therapy have on a patient's pain experience? Pain Manag. 2015;5(6):455-64.

George SZ, Beneciuk JM, Bialosky JE, Lentz TA, Zeppieri G Jr, Pei Q, Wu SS. Development of a Review of Systems Screening Tool for Orthopaedic Physical Therapists: Results From the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort. JOSPT. 2015 May 21:512-526.

Coronado RA, Bialosky JE, Bishop MD, Riley JL, Robinson ME, Michener LA, George SZ. The comparative effects of spinal and peripheral thrust manipulation and exercise on pain sensitivity and the relation to clinical outcome: a mechanistic trial using a shoulder pain model. JOSPT. 2015. April; 45(4):252-264.

Riley SP, Bialosky J, Cote MP, Swanson BT, Tafuto V, Sizer PS, Brismée JM. Thoracic spinal manipulation for musculoskeletal shoulder pain: Can an instructional set change patient expectation and outcome? Man Ther. 2014;20(3):469-74.

Gay CW, Horn ME, Bishop MD, Robinson ME, Bialosky JE. Investigating Dynamic Pain Sensitivity in the Context of the Fear Avoidance Model. European Journal of Pain. 2014. Jan; 19(1):48-58.

Coronado RA, Bialosky JE, Robinson ME, George SZ. Pain sensitivity subgroups in individuals with spinal pain: potential relevance to short-term clinical outcome. Phys Ther. 2014 Aug; 94(8):1111-1122.

Bialosky JE, George SZ, Horn ME, Price DD, Staud R, Robinson ME, Spinal Manipulative Therapy Specific Changes In Pain Sensitivity In Individuals With Low Back Pain (NCT01168999), Journal of Pain. 2014 Feb; 15(2):136-148.

Bishop ME, Cleland JA, Mintken P, Bialosky JE. Patient Expectations of Benefit From Interventions for Neck Pain and Resulting Influence on Outcomes. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2013; 43(7):457-65.

Anderson R, Robinson ME, Staud R, Bishop MD, Bialosky JE, Craggs JG, George SZ. Temporal Summation of Second Pain: Variability in Responses to a Fixed Protocol. European Journal of Pain. 2013 Jan;17(1):67-74.

Coronado RA, Gay CW, Bialosky JE, Carnaby (Mann) GD, Bishop MD, George SZ. Changes in Pain Sensitivity following Spinal Manipulation: a Systematic Review and Meta- Analysis. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 2012 Oct; 22(5):752-767.

Bialosky JE, Simon, C, Bishop MD, George, SZ. Basis for Spinal Manipulative Therapy: A Physical Therapy Perspective. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 2012 Oct; 22(5):643-647.

Bialosky JE, Bishop MD, Robinson ME, Price DD, George SZ. Heightened Pain Sensitivity in Individuals with Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the Relationship to Clinical Outcomes Following a Manual Therapy Intervention. Manual Therapy. 2011:16; 602-608.

Bialosky JE, Bishop MD, George SZ, Robinson ME. Placebo Response to Manual Therapy: Something out of nothing? Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapeutics. 2011: 19(1); 11-19.

Alappattu MJ, Bishop MD, Bialosky JE, George SZ, Robinson ME. Stability of Behavioral Estimates of Activity- Dependent Modulation of Pain. J Pain Res. 2011:4;151-157.

Bishop MD, Bialosky JE, Cleland JA. Patient expectations of benefit from common interventions and effects on outcome: secondary analysis of a clinical trial of manual therapy interventions. Journal of Manipulative and Manual Therapeutics. 2011: 19(1); 20-25.

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