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    Lori Michener

    TitleProfessor of Clinical
    SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
    DepartmentBiokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    Address1540 ALCAZAR STREET
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033
    Emaillmichene@usc.edu
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      Dr. Michener's research characterizes the biomechanics of musculoskeletal shoulder pain, diagnosis and treatment of shoulder and cervical pain, clinical trials investigating optimal treatment strategies for shoulder and cervical disorders, and the use of patient-rated outcomes measurement tools to assess health related quality of life. She is the Director of the COOR (Clinical biomechanics and Orthopedic Outcomes Research) Laboratory. As the Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research, she directs the development, collection, and analysis of patient-rated outcomes and the process of care in the USC Physical Therapy Associates Clinics, and serves as a resource for clinical research.


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      1. Mintken PE, McDevitt AW, Michener L, Boyles RE, Beardslee AR, Burns SA, Haberl MD, Binder LA, Cleland JA. Examination of the Validity of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients With Shoulder Pain Likely to Benefit From Cervicothoracic Manipulation. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Mar 03; 1-25. PMID: 28257617.
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      2. Struyf F, Tate A, Kuppens K, Feijen S, Michener L. Musculoskeletal dysfunctions associated with swimmers' shoulder. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Feb 11. PMID: 28189997.
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      3. Timmons MK, Yesilyaprak SS, Ericksen J, Michener L. Full can test: Mechanisms of a positive test in patients with shoulder pain. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2016 Dec 24; 42:9-13. PMID: 28042977.
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      4. Cools AM, Michener L. Shoulder pain: can one label satisfy everyone and everything? Br J Sports Med. 2016 Nov 2. PMID: 27806952.
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      5. Mintken PE, McDevitt AW, Cleland JA, Boyles RE, Beardslee AR, Burns SA, Haberl MD, Hinrichs LA, Michener L. Cervicothoracic Manual Therapy Plus Exercise Therapy Versus Exercise Therapy Alone in the Management of Individuals With Shoulder Pain: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Aug; 46(8):617-28. PMID: 27477473.
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      6. Michener L, Sharma S, Cools AM, Timmons MK. Relative scapular muscle activity ratios are altered in subacromial pain syndrome. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Nov; 25(11):1861-1867. PMID: 27374236.
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      7. Reijneveld EA, Noten S, Michener L, Cools A, Struyf F. Clinical outcomes of a scapular-focused treatment in patients with subacromial pain syndrome: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Mar; 51(5):436-441. PMID: 27251897.
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      8. Tilson JK, Mickan S, Howard R, Sum JC, Zibell M, Cleary L, Mody B, Michener L. Promoting physical therapists' use of research evidence to inform clinical practice: part 3 - long term feasibility assessment of the PEAK program. BMC Med Educ. 2016; 16(1):144. PMID: 27176726.
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      9. Gorgey AS, Timmons MK, Dolbow DR, Bengel J, Fugate-Laus KC, Michener L, Gater DR. Electrical stimulation and blood flow restriction increase wrist extensor cross-sectional area and flow meditated dilatation following spinal cord injury. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2016 Jun; 116(6):1231-44. PMID: 27155846.
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      10. Timmons MK, Ericksen JJ, Yesilyaprak SS, Michener L. Empty can exercise provokes more pain and has undesirable biomechanics compared with the full can exercise. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Apr; 25(4):548-56. PMID: 26577128.
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      11. Michener L, Elmore KA, Darter BJ, Timmons MK. Biomechanical measures in participants with shoulder pain: Intra-rater reliability. Man Ther. 2016 Apr; 22:86-93. PMID: 26578162.
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      12. Michener L, Kulig K. Not All Tendons Are Created Equal: Implications for Differing Treatment Approaches. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Nov; 45(11):829-32. PMID: 27136289.
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      13. Kardouni JR, Pidcoe PE, Shaffer SW, Finucane SD, Cheatham SA, Sousa CO, Michener L. Thoracic Spine Manipulation in Individuals With Subacromial Impingement Syndrome Does Not Immediately Alter Thoracic Spine Kinematics, Thoracic Excursion, or Scapular Kinematics: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Jul; 45(7):527-38. PMID: 25996365.
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      14. Shanley E, Kissenberth MJ, Thigpen CA, Bailey LB, Hawkins RJ, Michener L, Tokish JM, Rauh MJ. Preseason shoulder range of motion screening as a predictor of injury among youth and adolescent baseball pitchers. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jul; 24(7):1005-13. PMID: 25957112.
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      15. Gabel CP, Michener L, Melloh M, Cuesta-Vargas A. The psychometric properties of the dash and quickdash. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 May; 45(5):426-7. PMID: 25929163.
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      16. Coronado RA, Bialosky JE, Bishop MD, Riley JL, Robinson ME, Michener L, 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. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Apr; 45(4):252-64. PMID: 25739842.
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      17. Kardouni JR, Shaffer SW, Pidcoe PE, Finucane SD, Cheatham SA, Michener L. Immediate changes in pressure pain sensitivity after thoracic spinal manipulative therapy in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome: A randomized controlled study. Man Ther. 2015 Aug; 20(4):540-6. PMID: 25595413.
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      18. McClure PW, Michener L. Staged Approach for Rehabilitation Classification: Shoulder Disorders (STAR-Shoulder). Phys Ther. 2015 May; 95(5):791-800. PMID: 25504491.
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      19. Lopes AD, Timmons MK, Grover M, Ciconelli RM, Michener L. Visual scapular dyskinesis: kinematics and muscle activity alterations in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Feb; 96(2):298-306. PMID: 25449194.
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      20. Michener L, Kardouni JR, Sousa CO, Ely JM. Validation of a sham comparator for thoracic spinal manipulation in patients with shoulder pain. Man Ther. 2015 Feb; 20(1):171-5. PMID: 25261090.
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      21. Sousa Cde O, Michener L, Ribeiro IL, Reiff RB, Camargo PR, Salvini TF. Motion of the shoulder complex in individuals with isolated acromioclavicular osteoarthritis and associated with rotator cuff dysfunction: Part 2 - Muscle activity. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2015 Feb; 25(1):77-83. PMID: 24928470.
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      22. Sousa Cde O, Camargo PR, Ribeiro IL, Reiff RB, Michener L, Salvini TF. Motion of the shoulder complex in individuals with isolated acromioclavicular osteoarthritis and associated with rotator cuff dysfunction: Part 1 - Three-dimensional shoulder kinematics. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2014 Aug; 24(4):520-30. PMID: 24877751.
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      23. Payne C, Michener L. Physiotherapists use of and perspectives on the importance of patient-reported outcome measures for shoulder dysfunction. Shoulder Elbow. 2014 Jul; 6(3):204-14. PMID: 27582938.
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      24. Kelley MJ, Shaffer MA, Kuhn JE, Michener L, Seitz AL, Uhl TL, Godges JJ, McClure P. Response. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013 Dec; 43(12):934-6. PMID: 24289036.
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      25. Kardouni JR, Seitz AL, Walsworth MK, Michener L. Neovascularization prevalence in the supraspinatus of patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy. Clin J Sport Med. 2013 Nov; 23(6):444-9. PMID: 23732364.
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      26. Gabel CP, Melloh M, Burkett B, Michener L. The Spine Functional Index: development and clinimetric validation of a new whole-spine functional outcome measure. Spine J. 2013 Oct 25. PMID: 24370272.
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      27. Gorgey AS, Timmons MK, Michener L, Ericksen JJ, Gater DR. Intra-rater Reliability of Ultrasound Imaging of Wrist Extensor Muscles in Patients With Tetraplegia. PM R. 2014 Feb; 6(2):127-33. PMID: 24041587.
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      28. Harrington S, Michener L, Kendig T, Miale S, George SZ. Patient-reported upper extremity outcome measures used in breast cancer survivors: a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jan; 95(1):153-62. PMID: 23932969.
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      29. Camargo PR, Zanca GG, Okino PS, Russo TL, Michener L. Scapular kinematics and muscle performance in a single case of Parsonage-Turner. Man Ther. 2014 Feb; 19(1):77-81. PMID: 23845446.
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      30. Michener L, Subasi Yesilyaprak SS, Seitz AL, Timmons MK, Walsworth MK. Supraspinatus tendon and subacromial space parameters measured on ultrasonographic imaging in subacromial impingement syndrome. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2015 Feb; 23(2):363-9. PMID: 23736252.
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      31. Kelley MJ, Shaffer MA, Kuhn JE, Michener L, Seitz AL, Uhl TL, Godges JJ, McClure PW. Shoulder pain and mobility deficits: adhesive capsulitis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013 May; 43(5):A1-31. PMID: 23636125.
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      32. Kibler WB, Ludewig PM, McClure PW, Michener L, Bak K, Sciascia AD. Clinical implications of scapular dyskinesis in shoulder injury: the 2013 consensus statement from the 'Scapular Summit'. Br J Sports Med. 2013 Sep; 47(14):877-85. PMID: 23580420.
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      33. Timmons MK, Lopes-Albers AD, Borgsmiller L, Zirker C, Ericksen J, Michener L. Differences in scapular orientation, subacromial space and shoulder pain between the full can and empty can tests. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2013 Apr; 28(4):395-401. PMID: 23473974.
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      34. Oatis CA, Wolff EF, Lockard MA, Michener L, Robbins SJ. Correlations among measures of knee stiffness, gait performance and complaints in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2013 Mar; 28(3):306-11. PMID: 23410554.
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      35. Harrington S, Padua D, Battaglini C, Michener L. Upper extremity strength and range of motion and their relationship to function in breast cancer survivors. Physiother Theory Pract. 2013 Oct; 29(7):513-20. PMID: 23343035.
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      36. Michener L, Snyder Valier AR, McClure PW. Defining substantial clinical benefit for patient-rated outcome tools for shoulder impingement syndrome. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Apr; 94(4):725-30. PMID: 23164979.
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      37. Wright AA, Wassinger CA, Frank M, Michener L, Hegedus EJ. Diagnostic accuracy of scapular physical examination tests for shoulder disorders: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2013 Sep; 47(14):886-92. PMID: 23080313.
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      38. Shanley E, Michener L, Ellenbecker TS, Rauh MJ. Shoulder range of motion, pitch count, and injuries among interscholastic female softball pitchers: a descriptive study. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2012 Oct; 7(5):548-57. PMID: 23091788.
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      39. Michener L, Kardouni JR, Lopes Albers AD, Ely JM. Development of a sham comparator for thoracic spinal manipulative therapy for use with shoulder disorders. Man Ther. 2013 Feb; 18(1):60-4. PMID: 22883130.
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      40. Hegedus EJ, Goode AP, Cook CE, Michener L, Myer CA, Myer DM, Wright AA. Which physical examination tests provide clinicians with the most value when examining the shoulder? Update of a systematic review with meta-analysis of individual tests. Br J Sports Med. 2012 Nov; 46(14):964-78. PMID: 22773322.
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      41. Timmons MK, Thigpen CA, Seitz AL, Karduna AR, Arnold BL, Michener L. Scapular kinematics and subacromial-impingement syndrome: a meta-analysis. J Sport Rehabil. 2012 Nov; 21(4):354-70. PMID: 22388171.
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      42. Tate A, Turner GN, Knab SE, Jorgensen C, Strittmatter A, Michener L. Risk factors associated with shoulder pain and disability across the lifespan of competitive swimmers. J Athl Train. 2012 Mar-Apr; 47(2):149-58. PMID: 22488280.
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      43. Seitz AL, McClure PW, Finucane S, Ketchum JM, Walsworth MK, Boardman ND, Michener L. The scapular assistance test results in changes in scapular position and subacromial space but not rotator cuff strength in subacromial impingement. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2012 May; 42(5):400-12. PMID: 22333409.
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      44. Gabel CP, Melloh M, Burkett B, Michener L. Lower limb functional index: development and clinimetric properties. Phys Ther. 2012 Jan; 92(1):98-110. PMID: 22052947.
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      45. Shanley E, Rauh MJ, Michener L, Ellenbecker TS. Incidence of injuries in high school softball and baseball players. J Athl Train. 2011 Nov-Dec; 46(6):648-54. PMID: 22488191.
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      46. Michener L, Doukas WC, Murphy KP, Walsworth MK. Diagnostic accuracy of history and physical examination of superior labrum anterior- posterior lesions. J Athl Train. 2011 Jul-Aug; 46(4):343-8. PMID: 21944065.
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      47. Shanley E, Rauh MJ, Michener L, Ellenbecker TS, Garrison JC, Thigpen CA. Shoulder range of motion measures as risk factors for shoulder and elbow injuries in high school softball and baseball players. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Sep; 39(9):1997-2006. PMID: 21685316.
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      48. Seitz AL, McClure PW, Lynch SS, Ketchum JM, Michener L. Effects of scapular dyskinesis and scapular assistance test on subacromial space during static arm elevation. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 May; 21(5):631-40. PMID: 21444218.
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      49. Michener L, Snyder AR, Leggin BG. Responsiveness of the numeric pain rating scale in patients with shoulder pain and the effect of surgical status. J Sport Rehabil. 2011 Feb; 20(1):115-28. PMID: 21411827.
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      50. Michener L. Patient- and clinician-rated outcome measures for clinical decision making in rehabilitation. J Sport Rehabil. 2011 Feb; 20(1):37-45. PMID: 21411821.
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      51. Harrington S, Padua D, Battaglini C, Michener L, Giuliani C, Myers J, Groff D. Comparison of shoulder flexibility, strength, and function between breast cancer survivors and healthy participants. J Cancer Surviv. 2011 Jun; 5(2):167-74. PMID: 21225372.
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      52. Seitz AL, Michener L. Ultrasonographic measures of subacromial space in patients with rotator cuff disease: A systematic review. J Clin Ultrasound. 2011 Mar-Apr; 39(3):146-54. PMID: 21387327.
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      53. Young IA, Cleland JA, Michener L, Brown C. Reliability, construct validity, and responsiveness of the neck disability index, patient-specific functional scale, and numeric pain rating scale in patients with cervical radiculopathy. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Oct; 89(10):831-9. PMID: 20657263.
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      54. Kalra N, Seitz AL, Boardman ND, Michener L. Effect of posture on acromiohumeral distance with arm elevation in subjects with and without rotator cuff disease using ultrasonography. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2010 Oct; 40(10):633-40. PMID: 20710092.
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      55. Seitz AL, McClure PW, Finucane S, Boardman ND, Michener L. Mechanisms of rotator cuff tendinopathy: intrinsic, extrinsic, or both? Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2011 Jan; 26(1):1-12. PMID: 20846766.
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      56. Tate AR, McClure PW, Young IA, Salvatori R, Michener L. Comprehensive impairment-based exercise and manual therapy intervention for patients with subacromial impingement syndrome: a case series. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2010 Aug; 40(8):474-93. PMID: 20710088.
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      57. Gaunt BW, Shaffer MA, Sauers EL, Michener L, McCluskey GM, Thigpen C. The American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists' consensus rehabilitation guideline for arthroscopic anterior capsulolabral repair of the shoulder. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2010 Mar; 40(3):155-68. PMID: 20195022.
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      58. Thigpen CA, Padua DA, Michener L, Guskiewicz K, Giuliani C, Keener JD, Stergiou N. Head and shoulder posture affect scapular mechanics and muscle activity in overhead tasks. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2010 Aug; 20(4):701-9. PMID: 20097090.
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      59. Gabel CP, Michener L, Melloh M, Burkett B. Modification of the upper limb functional index to a three-point response improves clinimetric properties. J Hand Ther. 2010 Jan-Mar; 23(1):41-51; quiz 52. PMID: 19963344.
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      60. Gabel CP, Melloh M, Michener L, Burkett B. Clinimetric evaluation of measurement tools used in hand therapy to assess activity and participation. J Hand Ther. 2010 Jan-Mar; 23(1):83-4. PMID: 19945253.
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      61. Michener L, Walsworth MK, Doukas WC, Murphy KP. Reliability and diagnostic accuracy of 5 physical examination tests and combination of tests for subacromial impingement. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Nov; 90(11):1898-903. PMID: 19887215.
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      62. Walsworth MK, Doukas WC, Murphy KP, Bimson W, Mielcarek BJ, Michener L. Descriptive analysis of patients undergoing shoulder surgery at a tertiary care military medical center. Mil Med. 2009 Jun; 174(6):642-4. PMID: 19585780.
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      63. Young IA, Michener L, Cleland JA, Aguilera AJ, Snyder AR. Manual therapy, exercise, and traction for patients with cervical radiculopathy: a randomized clinical trial. Phys Ther. 2009 Jul; 89(7):632-42. PMID: 19465371.
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      64. Snyder AR, Parsons JT, Valovich McLeod TC, Curtis Bay R, Michener L, Sauers EL. Using disablement models and clinical outcomes assessment to enable evidence-based athletic training practice, part I: disablement models. J Athl Train. 2008 Jul-Aug; 43(4):428-36. PMID: 18668176.
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      65. Valovich McLeod TC, Snyder AR, Parsons JT, Curtis Bay R, Michener L, Sauers EL. Using disablement models and clinical outcomes assessment to enable evidence-based athletic training practice, part II: clinical outcomes assessment. J Athl Train. 2008 Jul-Aug; 43(4):437-45. PMID: 18668177.
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      66. Michener L, Snyder AR. Evaluation of health-related quality of life in patients with shoulder pain: are we doing the best we can? Clin Sports Med. 2008 Jul; 27(3):491-505, x. PMID: 18503880.
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      67. Beattie PF, Nelson RM, Michener L, Cammarata J, Donley J. Outcomes after a prone lumbar traction protocol for patients with activity-limiting low back pain: a prospective case series study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Feb; 89(2):269-74. PMID: 18226650.
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      68. Walsworth MK, Doukas WC, Murphy KP, Mielcarek BJ, Michener L. Reliability and diagnostic accuracy of history and physical examination for diagnosing glenoid labral tears. Am J Sports Med. 2008 Jan; 36(1):162-8. PMID: 17932402.
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      69. McClure PW, Michener L, Karduna AR. Shoulder function and 3-dimensional scapular kinematics in people with and without shoulder impingement syndrome. Phys Ther. 2006 Aug; 86(8):1075-90. PMID: 16879042.
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      70. Gabel CP, Michener L, Burkett B, Neller A. The Upper Limb Functional Index: development and determination of reliability, validity, and responsiveness. J Hand Ther. 2006 Jul-Sep; 19(3):328-48; quiz 349. PMID: 16861132.
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      71. Leggin BG, Michener L, Shaffer MA, Brenneman SK, Iannotti JP, Williams GR. The Penn shoulder score: reliability and validity. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2006 Mar; 36(3):138-51. PMID: 16596890.
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      72. Michener L, Boardman ND, Pidcoe PE, Frith AM. Scapular muscle tests in subjects with shoulder pain and functional loss: reliability and construct validity. Phys Ther. 2005 Nov; 85(11):1128-38. PMID: 16253043.
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      73. Beattie P, Dowda M, Turner C, Michener L, Nelson R. Longitudinal continuity of care is associated with high patient satisfaction with physical therapy. Phys Ther. 2005 Oct; 85(10):1046-52. PMID: 16180953.
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      74. Beattie P, Turner C, Dowda M, Michener L, Nelson R. The MedRisk Instrument for Measuring Patient Satisfaction With Physical Therapy Care: a psychometric analysis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2005 Jan; 35(1):24-32. PMID: 15754601.
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      75. Walsworth MK, Mills JT, Michener L. Diagnosing suprascapular neuropathy in patients with shoulder dysfunction: a report of 5 cases. Phys Ther. 2004 Apr; 84(4):359-72. PMID: 15049729.
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      76. Michener L, Walsworth MK, Burnet EN. Effectiveness of rehabilitation for patients with subacromial impingement syndrome: a systematic review. J Hand Ther. 2004 Apr-Jun; 17(2):152-64. PMID: 15162102.
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      77. Michener L, McClure PW, Karduna AR. Anatomical and biomechanical mechanisms of subacromial impingement syndrome. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2003 Jun; 18(5):369-79. PMID: 12763431.
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      78. Michener L, McClure PW, Sennett BJ. American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Standardized Shoulder Assessment Form, patient self-report section: reliability, validity, and responsiveness. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2002 Nov-Dec; 11(6):587-94. PMID: 12469084.
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