Robert Manske

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Mr. Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS, is a Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Rob graduated from WSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994, and further earned a Master of Education degree in Physical Education in 2000. He received his DPT from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions in 2006. Rob has been an APTA Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist since 2002. Rob is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association. Rob has been nominated and received numerous awards for excellence in teaching at the local, state and national level – receiving the APTA Sports Section’s Excellence in Education Award in 2007. He became the Vice President of the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section in 2009 and is now in his second term in that role. To date Rob has published multiple books, chapters, articles and home study courses related to orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Rob has edited 1). Post-Surgical Sports Orthopedic Rehabilitation: Knee and Shoulder, 2). Functional Testing for Assessment in Athletics, Exercise and Occupation, 3). the 3rd edition of Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation with Dr. Brent Brotzman, 4). Issues in Sports Therapy with David Magee, James Zachazewski, and William Quillen, 5). Fundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapist Assistant with Gary Shankman, and 6) Clinical Mechanics and Kinesiology for Human Kinetics. Rob is an associate editor for the “International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy” and is also currently a manuscript reviewer for The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Sports Health, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, Sports Health a Multidisciplinary Approach, Physical Therapy in Sports, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), and in the years 2005-2007 and 2011was named a Principle Reviewer for AJSM. Rob has lectured at the state and national level during meetings for APTA, NATA and the NSCA, and has instructed approximately 10-12 courses per year on knee and shoulder rehabilitation. Rob was the second fellow with George Davies at the Gundersen Lutheran Sports Physical Therapy Residency program in 1997-98. In addition to his full time faculty appointment, Rob is a physical therapist and athletic trainer for Via Christi Health, and also serves as a Teaching Associate at the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in Kansas City, and the Department of Community Medicine for the Via Christi Family Practice Sports Medicine Residency Program. Most importantly Rob continues to practice weekly – spending approximately 10 hours per week treating a variety of knee and shoulder conditions!


Recent Submissions

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    EDITORIAL: MSK Ultrasound and Introduction of IJSPT Ultrasound Bites Feature
    (North American Sports Medicine Institute, 2023-02-01) Manske, Robert C.; Page, Phil; Voight, Michael; Wolfe, Chris
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    MSK Ultrasound-An IJSPT Perspective
    (NASMI, 2023-02-01) Page, Phil; Manske, Robert C.; Voight, Michael; Wolfe, Chris
    MSK ultrasound is a valuable imaging technique which has become increasingly popular in recent years. This efficient technique proves beneficial in a variety of ways. MSK ultrasound effectively streamlines the process by enabling practitioners to securely and accurately image and assess structures all in one simple step. By allowing healthcare providers to access critical information quickly and conveniently, MSK ultrasound can help identify conditions early when interventions are most effective. Moreover, it may be able to shorten diagnostic times and reduce costs through more cost-effective use of resources such as imaging and laboratory testing. Furthermore, MSK ultrasound can provide additional insights into musculoskeletal anatomy and help improve patient care and outcomes. In addition, utilizing this method reduces exposure to radiation and provides enhanced patient comfort with its quick scan duration. MSK ultrasound has a high potential to provide quick and accurate diagnosis of MSK disturbances when used correctly. As clinicians become more comfortable and familiar with this technology, we will continue to see its use expand for various MSK assessments. In this commentary we’ll explore how ultrasound can be used in physical therapy, specifically for musculoskeletal assessment. We’ll also look at some of the potential benefits and limitations of using ultrasound in PT practice.
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    Physical Therapists Use of Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging in Clinical Practice: A Review of Case Reports
    (NASMI, 2023-02-01) Manske, Robert C.; Podoll, Katherine R.; Markowski, Alycia M.; Watkins, Maureen K.; Hayward, Lorna M.; Maitland, Murray E.
    Objective Ultrasound diagnostic imaging (USI) is widely utilized in sports medicine, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation. Its use in physical therapy clinical practice is increasing. This review summarizes published patient case reports describing USI in physical therapist practice. Design Comprehensive literature review. Literature Search PubMed was searched using the keywords “physical therapy” AND “ultrasound” AND “case report” AND “imaging”. In addition, citation indexes and specific journals were searched. Study Selection Criteria Papers were included if the patient was attending physical therapy, USI was necessary for patient management, the full text was retrievable, and the paper was written in English. Papers were excluded if USI was only used for interventions, such as biofeedback, or if the USI was incidental to physical therapy patient/client management. Data Synthesis Categories of data extracted included: 1) Patient presentation; 2) Setting; 3) Clinical indications; 4) Who performed USI; 5) Anatomical region; 6) Methods of USI; 7) Additional imaging; 8) Final diagnosis; and 9) Case outcome. Results Of the 172 papers reviewed for inclusion, 42 were evaluated. Most common anatomical regions scanned were the foot and lower leg (23%), thigh and knee (19%), shoulder and shoulder girdle (16%), lumbopelvic region (14%), and elbow/wrist and hand (12%). Fifty-eight percent of the cases were deemed static, while 14% reported using dynamic imaging. The most common indication for USI was a differential diagnosis list that included serious pathologies. Case studies often had more than one indication. Thirty-three cases (77%) resulted in confirmation of a diagnosis, while 29 case reports (67%) documented significant changes in physical therapy intervention strategies due to the USI, and 25 case reports (63%) resulted in referral. Conclusion This review of cases provides details on unique ways USI can be used during physical therapy patient care, including aspects that reflect the unique professional framework.
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    Hamstring strain injury in athletes
    (JOSPT, Inc., 2022-02-28) Martin, Robroy L.; Cibulka, Michael T.; Bolgla, Lori A.; Koc, Thomas A.; Loudon, Janice K. 1959-; Manske, Robert C.; Weiss, Leigh; Christoforetti, John J.; Heiderscheit, Bryan C.
    Hamstring strain injury (HSI) may result in considerable impairment, activity limitation, and participation restriction, including time lost from competitive sports. This CPG includes sports-related overloading and overstretching injuries to myofascial or musculotendinous structures in any combination of the 3 hamstring muscles (the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris).
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    Exploring the integration of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging into clinical practice by physical therapists
    (Taylor & Francis, 2022-10-19) Markowski, Alycia M.; Watkins, Maureen K.; Maitland, Murray E.; Manske, Robert C.; Podoll, Katherine R.; Hayward, Lorna M.
    Background Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK-US) use for diagnostic purposes is expanding in physical therapy practice. Identifying and describing physical therapy-specific approaches to incorporating MSK-US into the evaluation process is needed. Musculoskeletal ultrasound extends the physical exam to allow clinicians to visualize anatomy and pathophysiology both statically and dynamically. Purpose: To document 1) weekly use of diagnostic MSK-US; and 2) clinical reasoning approach used in challenging patient cases by physical therapists (PTs) registered by Inteleos in musculoskeletal sonography (RMSK-certified). Methods Longitudinal, observational, cohort study using mixed methods for data collection and analysis. All 23 currently RMSK-certified PTs using MSK-US in clinical practice across the United States were contacted, and 16 participated. Data were collected using an online survey created with the Research Electronic Data Capture System. Participants documented MSK-US clinical use and significant cases using weekly, reflective, online journals for three months. Demographic data were summarized using descriptive statistics. Case data were analyzed thematically. Results Participating RMSK-certified PTs performed 1110 MSK-US examinations over 110 weeks. Clinicians averaged 7 (range 1–25) MSK-US examinations weekly, representing 28% of an average caseload. Examinations contributed significant anatomical/ pathological information 100% of the time. The most common joints scanned were the knee (n = 281), shoulder (n = 254), and wrist (n = 228). Case data revealed three themes: 1) augmenting the clinical evaluation to extend or narrow a diagnosis; 2) outcomes guiding action; and 3) lessons learned from clinical findings. Conclusion RMSK-certified PTs regularly used MSK-US to validate and refine their clinical diagnoses and treatment. Ultrasound imaging directly influenced patient care by informing the diagnostic process, guiding treatment, and appropriately identifying referrals.