Research and Publications

The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Rehabilitation Department is committed to advancing research in a variety of related fields such as pediatric, adolescent and adult physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, speech pathology and pain management.

Our research program has three primary goals:

    • Contribute to Rehabilitation Literature
    • Maintain a strong knowledge of the current available evidence
    • Ensure quality patient care and best practice Research Committee

The Rehabilitation Department Research Committee brings our team together to collect research questions, to guide the research process and to assist with paper writing, grant requests and presentations.

The Committee meets on a monthly basis and reviews the status of current projects, initiates future projects and serves as a resource for researchers' questions and findings.

Staff meet monthly for Journal Rounds to discuss current literature and its impact on patient care.

Current Research/In Press/Data Collection
Egan B, Glynn PE, Cleland JA. Thoracic Spine Interventions. In Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Cleland JA, Huijbregts P. Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes. Elsevier, 2011.

Huijbregts P, Glynn PE, Krauss J, Dennison B, Savidge E. The Influence of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine in Migraines: Clinical Exploration and Interventions. In Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Chaitow L, Schoenen J. The Multidisciplinary Management of Migraine Headaches: Pharmacological, Manual and other Therapies. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 2011.

Burns SA, Foresman E, Means SJ, Egan B, Glynn PE, Mintken PE, Cleland JA. A Treatment Based Classification Approach to Examination and Intervention of Lumbar Disorders. Sports Health Journal. 2011.

Meaningful Clinical Outcome Measures in the Prevention of Falls in Older Adults (Collaboration with MGH Institute of Health Professions)

Randomized ActiveStep Comparative Effectiveness Trial - materials into IRB and being reviewed currently. (In collaboration with Dartmouth College and 5 other clinical sites)

Past Research and Publications


Oppenheimer, B., Self, T., Seiff, S. Integration of Clinical Practice and Research: Successful Curriculum Models ASHA Publication, 2006

Physical Therapy

Cleland JA, Mintken PE, Carpenter K, Fritz JW, Glynn PE, Whitman JW, Childs J. Examination of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with Neck Pain Likely to Benefit from Thrust Manipulation: A Multi-Site Randomized Clinical Trial. Physical Therapy. 2010;90:1239-1250.

Glynn PE, Weisbach PC. Clinical Prediction Rules: A Physical Therapy Reference Manual. 1st ed. Jones and Bartlett; 2010: ISBN# 9780763775186.

Nagrale AV, Glynn PE, Aakanksha J, Ramteke GJ. The Efficacy of an Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique on Upper Trapezius Trigger Points in Subjects with Non-Specific Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2010;18:38-44.

Mintken PE, Glynn PE, Cleland JA. Establishing the Minimal Clinically Important Difference for Scores on the Shortened Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand Questionnaire (QuickDash) in Patients with Shoulder Pain, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2009;18:920-926.

Glynn PE, Egan B, Cleland JA. Thoracic Spine Interventions for the Management of Patients With Headaches. In Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Arendt-Nielsen L, Gerwin RD. Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headache: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management. 1st ed. Jones and Bartlett; 2009:291-307.

Egan B, Glynn PE, Cleland JA. Thoracic Spine Assessment in Patients With Headaches. In Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Arendt-Nielsen L, Gerwin RD. Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headache: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management. 1st ed. Jones and Bartlett; 2009: 171-307.

Reiman MP, Weisbach PC, Glynn PE. The Influence of the Hip on Low Back Pain: A Distal Link to a Proximal Problem. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 2009;18:24-32.

Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Cleland JA, Glynn P. Spinal Manipulative Therapy: Translating From Research to Clinical Practice. Critical Reviews in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine. 2008; 20:39-53.

Cleland JA, Glynn PE, Whitman JM, Eberhart SL, MacDonald C, Childs JD. The short- Term Effects of Thrust versus Non-Thrust Manipulation Directed at the Thoracic Spine in Patients with Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Physical Therapy. 2007;87:431-440.

Diane U Jette, Alicia Bertoni, Renee Coots, Heidi Johnson, Catherine McLaughlin, Cody Weisbach Clinical instructors’ perceptions of behaviors that comprise entrylevel clinical performance in physical therapist students: a qualitative study. Phys Ther. 2007;87:833–843

Received the Steens Physical USA Grant ($3,000) Glynn PE, Cleland JA. An Evidence Based-Approach to the Physical Therapy Diagnosis and Management of Neck and Upper Extremity Pain using Cervical and Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation: A Case Report. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2006;14(3):E30-E45.

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