TTUHSC School of Allied Health Sciences

Phillip S. Sizer Jr. PT Ph.D. OCS FAAOMPT

Professor & Program Director, Doctor of Science Program in Physical Therapy

Director, Clinical Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory

EDUCATION

  • 1985 Bachelor of Science: Physical Therapy - University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX
  • 1993 Master of Education: Exercise Science - Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
  • 2002 Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education - Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX

BOARD CERTIFICATION/ LICENSURE

  • 1994 COMT- Certification in Orthopedic and Manuel Therapy of the Extremities
  • 1997 COMT- Certification in Orthopedic and Manuel Therapy of the Spine
  • 2002 FAAOMPT - Fellowship of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manuel Physical Therapists
  • 2003 OCS - Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (APTA)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Tissue characterization in selected cadaveric spinal components
  • Cadaveric characterization of structure and movement of the neural components in the spine and extremities
  • Assessment of spine and extremity biomechanics
  • Evaluation of motor control strategies in selected patient populations
  • Biomechanical assessment of orthopaedic clinical testing for the purpose of demonstrating validity and reliability
  • Outcomes measures in orthopaedic manual therapy
  • Measuring educational outcomes in orthopaedic manual therapy education

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

*Corresponding Author

**From a published list of: 55 peer-reviewed manuscripts; 9 books, book chapters, monographs and forwards; 5 peer-reviewed electronic publications; 25 published abstracts; and 22 published editorial commentaries; In addition, the investigator has participated in 29 platform- and 28 poster-presentations. Finally, the investigator presently has: 7 manuscripts out for review; 14 manuscripts in preparation; and 8 research projects underway.

  1. Smith M*, Sizer P, James R. Effects of fatigue on frontal plane knee motion and ground reaction forces in men and women during landing. J Sports Sci Med 2010; In-Press.
  2. Hooper TL, Denton J, McGalliard MK, Brismee JM, Sizer PS*. Thoracic outlet syndrome: a controversial clinical condition. Part 2: Non-surgical and surgical management. J Man Manip Ther. 2010. In-Press.
  3. Gerke DA, Brismée JM*, Sizer PS, Dedrick GS, James CR. Change in spine height measurements following sustained mid-range and end-range flexion of the lumbar spine. Applied Ergonomics; 2010; In-Press.
  4. Vaught MS, Brismée JM*, Dedrick GS, Sizer PS, Sawyer SF. Association of disturbances in the thoracic outlet in subjects with carpal tunnel syndrome: A case-control study. J  Hand Ther. 2010; In-Press.
  5. McGalliard MK*, Dedrick GS, JM Brismée, Cook CE, Apte GG, Sizer PS. The activity of the transversus abdominis using the abdominal drawing in maneuver during a functional task. Phys Med Rehab 2010;2:187-94.
  6. Hooper TL, Denton J, McGalliard MK, Brismee JM, Sizer PS*. Thoracic outlet syndrome: a controversial clinical condition. Part 1: Anatomy and clinical examination/diagnosis. J Man Manip Ther. 2010. 18(2):74-83.
  7. Cook CE*, Brismée JM, Pietrobon R, Sizer PS, Hegedus E, Riddle D. A quality checklist for clinical prediction rules designed for treatment prescription: The QUADCPR. J Man Manip Ther. 2010; 33(1):29-41.
  8. Rutland M, O’Connell D, Brismée JM, Sizer P, Apte G. Clinical commentary: Evidence –supported rehabilitation of patellar tendinopathy. N Am J Sports Phys Ther. 2010; 5:166-178.
  9. Lewis NL, Brismée JM*, James CR, Sizer PS, Sawyer SF. The effect of stretching on muscle responses and postural sway responses during computerized dynamic posturography in women and men. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009; 90(3):454-62.
  10. Sizer P*, Sawyer S, Felstehausen V, Couch S, Dornier L, Cook C. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors important to manual therapy competency development: A delphi investigation. J Man Manip Ther 2009; 16(1):e9-e19.
  11. Brismée JM, Sizer PS*, Dedrick GS, Sawyer BG, Smith MP. An immunohistochemical and histological study of human uncovertebral joints; A preliminary investigation. Spine 2009; 43:1257-63.
  12. Owens SC, Brismée JM*, Pennell PN, Dedrick GS, Sizer PS, James CR. Changes in spinal height following sustained lumbar flexion and extension postures: a clinical measure of intervertebral disc hydration using stadiometry. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009;32(5):358-63.
  13. Dedrick GS*, Sizer PS, Merkle JN, Hounshell TR, McComb-Robert JJR, Sawyer SF, Brismée JM, James CR.  Effect of sex hormones on neuromuscular control patterns during landing.  J Electromyogr Kinesiol.  2008:18:68-78.
  14. Poorbaugh K, Brismée JM, Phelps V, Sizer P*. Late whiplash syndrome:  A clinical science approach to evidence-based diagnosis and management.  Pain Prac 2008;8:65-89.
  15. Goode A, Hegedus EJ, Sizer P, Brismée JM, LInberg A, Cook CE*. Three dimensional movements of the sacroiliac joint: A systematic review of the literature. J Man Manip Ther 2008. 16:25-38.
  16. Smith TM, Sawyer SS, Sizer PS, Brismée JM*. The Double Crush Syndrome: A common occurrence in cyclists with ulnar nerve neuropathy – A case-control study. Clin J Sports Med, 2008;18:55-61.
  17. McGaugh J*, Brismée JM, Dedrick G Jones E, Sizer P. Comparing the anatomical accuracy of the Posterior Superior Iliac Spine to the Iliac Crest as reference landmarks for vertebral location in the lumbar spine. A retrospective radiographic study. Clin Anat 2007; 20:819–825.
  18. Sizer PS*, Brismée JM, Cook C. Coupling behavior of the thoracic spine: A systematic review of the literature. J Manip Physiol Ther 2007;30(5):390-9.
  19. Phelps V*, Brismée JM, Sizer P, VanParidon D, Matthijs O. Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Knee Complex. Orthpaedic OPTP Press, 2009.
  20. Sizer P*, Felstehausen V, Sawyer S, Dornier L, Matthews P, Cook C. Eight critical component indices required for manual therapy skill acquisition and development: A factor analysis. J Allied Health 2007;36:30-40.
  21. Sizer PS, James CR*. Chapter 3: The musculoskeletal anatomy of the female. In McComb J Norman E. and Zumwalt M. (eds) The Active Female - Health Issues Throughout The Lifespan. Totowa NJ: Human Press. 2008.
  22. Phelps V*, Sizer P, Matthijs O, Brismee JM, VanParidon D. Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Hip Complex. 2007.
  23. Gilbert KK*, Brismée JM, Collins D, James CR, Shah RV, Sawyer SF, Sizer PS. Lumbosacral nerve root displacement and strain: Part 2- A comparison of two straight leg raise conditions in unembalmed cadavers. Spine 2007; 32(14):1521-1525.
  24. Gilbert KK*, Brismee JM, Collins D, James CR, Shah RV, Sawyer SF, Sizer PS. Lumbosacral nerve root displacement and strain: Part 1- A novel measurement technique during straight leg raise in unembalmed cadavers. Spine 2007; 32(14):1513-1520.
  25. Childs JD*, Whitman JM, Pugia ML, Sizer PS, Flynn TW, Delitto A. Knowledge in managing musculoskeletal conditions and educational preparation of physical therapists in the uniformed services. Mil Med. 2007;172:440-5.
  26. Sizer P*. Clinical examination and management of disorders at the hip complex. Monograph in the APTA Orthopaedic Section Home-Study Series. Alexandria, VA: American Physical Therapy Association: 2007.
  27. Sizer P*, Brismée JM, Cook C. Medical screening for red flags in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal spine pain. Pain Prac 2007;7(1):53-71..
  28. Cook C*, Hegedus E, Showalter C, Sizer P. Coupling behavior of the cervical spine: a systematic review of the literature. J Man Physiol Ther 2006. 29:570-575.
  29. Brismée JM*, Gipson D, Ivie D, Lopez A, Moore M, Matthijs O, Phelps V, Sawyer S, Sizer P. Interrater reliability of a passive physiological intervertebral motion test in the mid-thoracic spine. J Man Phys Ther 2006. 2006;29:368-373..
  30. Cook C*, Sizer P, Brismee JM. Subjective and objective descriptors of clinical lumbar spine instability: A delphi study. Man Ther 2006;11:11-21.
  31. Brismée JM*, Atwood K, Fain M, Hodges J, Sperle A, Swaney M, Phelps V, Van Paridon D, Matthijs O, Sizer P. Interrater reliability of palpation of three-dimensional segmental motion of the lumbar spine. J Man Manip Ther. 2005;4:216-21.
  32. Brismée J*, Sizer P, Phelps V. Differential diagnosis and treatment of chronic neck and upper trapezius pain and upper extremity paresthesia: A case study involving the management of an elevated first rib and uncovertebral joint dysfunction.  J Man Manip Ther. 2005;4:216-21.
  33. Cook C*, Brismee JM, Sizer P. Factors associated with physical therapists’ confidence in the diagnosis of clinical cervical and lumbar spine instability. Physiother Res Int  2005;10(2):59-71.
  34. Daniel JA*, Sizer PS, Latman NS. Evaluation of body composition methods for accuracy. Biomed Inst Tech, 2005; 39(5):397-405.
  35. Brismée J*, Gilbert K, Sizer P, Isom K, Hall R, Leathers B, Sheppard N, Sawyer S. The rate of false positive using the cyriax release test for thoracic outlet syndrome in an asymptomatic population.  J Man Manip Ther; 2004; 12:73-81.
  36. Cook C*, Brismee J, Sizer P. Psychosocial variables associated with back pain in the elderly: A retrospective analysis. J Ger Phys Ther. 2004; 27:75-81.
  37. Sizer P*, Brismee JM, Cook C, Dedrick L, Phelps V. Whiplash Associated Disorders: Mechanics, Diagnosis and Management. Pain Prac 2004; 4:247-64.
  38. Sizer P*, Phelps V, Brismée J, Cook C, Dedrick L. Ergonomic pain part 2: Differential diagnosis and management considerations. Pain Prac 2004; 4:136-162.
  39. James CR*, Sizer P, Starch DW, Lockhart L, Slauterbeck J. Effects of gender on knee kinematic and ground reaction force characteristics during a rapid sprint and cut maneuver. Res Q Ex Sports. 2004; 75:31-38.
  40. Sizer P*, Brismee JM, Cook C, Dedrick L, Phelps V. Ergonomic pain, part 1: Etiology, epidemiology & prevention. Pain Prac 2004; 4:41-52
  41. ELECTRONIC EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS (Digital Video Discs)

    Sizer PS, Brismée JM, Phelps V, Dedrick G. (2005). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Shoulder Complex. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#441 DVD).

    Sizer PS, Brismée JM, Phelps V, Dedrick G. (2005). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Lumbar Spine: Primary Disc-Related Disorders and the Sacroiliac Joint. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#442 DVD).

    Sizer PS, Brismée JM, Phelps V, Dedrick G. (2005). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Lumbar Spine: Secondary Disc-Related Disorders. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#443 DVD).

    Brismée JM, Phelps V, Dedrick G, Sizer PS. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Knee. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#444 DVD).

    Brismée JM, Phelps V, Dedrick G, Sizer PS. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Cervicothoracic Junction and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#445 DVD).

    Brismée JM, Phelps V, Dedrick G, Sizer PS. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Thoracic Spine and Ribs. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#446 DVD).

    Phelps V, Dedrick G, Sizer PS, Brismée JM. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Lower Cervical Spine: Disc, Facet and Uncovertebral Pathology. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#447 DVD).

    Phelps V, Dedrick G, Sizer PS, Brismée JM. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Hip. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#448 DVD).

    Phelps V, Dedrick G, Sizer PS, Brismée JM. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Foot and Ankle. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#449 DVD).

    Dedrick G, Sizer PS, Brismée JM, Phelps V. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Upper Cervical Spine and Headache. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#450 DVD).

    Dedrick G, Sizer PS, Brismée JM, Phelps V. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Elbow Complex. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#451 DVD).

    Dedrick G, Sizer PS, Brismée JM, Phelps V. (2006). Diagnosis-Specific Orthopedic Management of the Wrist/Hand Complex. Educational Resources from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, Minneapolis (#452 DVD).

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