Department of Physical Therapy

young man standing over a person laying on a table, adjusting his neck

New Program Combats Opioid Crisis, Promotes Better Back Pain Management

Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences designed the Primary Spine Practitioner Certification Program to bring together two groups that are often at odds — physical therapists and chiropractors — to help patients with spinal problems.
Irrgang in a blue shirt and dark suit

Department of Defense-Funded Research to Answer Question of When to Get Knee Surgery

Complex ligament tears in the knee are difficult to treat, says Pitt's James Irrgang, and there's no good data about when to perform surgery. His team's 24-site study aims to change that.
Khoja and Freburger at a computer

Physical Therapists Use Big Data to Increase Referrals, Decrease Hospital Readmissions

Physical therapy professor Janet Freburger and postdoctoral associate Samannaaz Khoja are analyzing a large national data set to improve care for patients after they leave the hospital.
Mike Schneider examines a model human spine

New Back Pain Study, Drug Take Back Efforts Could Lead to Decreased Opioid Use

More than 40 percent of low back pain patients are prescribed opioids at some point. Pitt Associate Professor Mike Schneider and colleagues want to bring that number down.