Help fund grants and projects to investigate areas related to orthopaedic manual physical therapy. Support the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Endowment Fund today!

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) funds grants, scholarships, and fellowships in any specialty to advance the physical therapy profession. In response to an ogoing need, the AAOMPT Endowment Fund will fund much-needed research specifically in manual therapy.

Edie Farrell, PT, and Joe Farrell, PT, DPT, M App Sc, FAPTA, of Danville, California

In 2017, AAOMPT announced a $250,000 pledge to establish the endowment fund. Shortly after, leaders in the profession, like Edie Farrell, PT, and Joe Farrell, PT, DPT, M App Sc, FAPTA, stepped forward to support research. The Farrells donated $10,000 to the new fund.

“We have seen tremendous growth, but more research still needs to be done. By stepping forward, Edie and I hope that others will listen,” Joe said. “We hope this donation will stimulate many others in manual physical therapy and other arenas to donate as well.”

The AAOMPT Fund will help support research similar to the following:

  • Comparison of Movement Pattern Training and Manual Therapy for Pre-arthritic Hip Disorders, a research study by Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT, a Professor at Washington University in St. Louis’ Program in Physical Therapy. Her project aims to develop effective manual therapy treatment strategies for people with Prearthritic Hip Disorders and improve function, decrease pain and prevent or delay the onset of osteoarthritis.
  • Improving Physical Activity and Function With Cognitive-Behavioral Based Physical Therapy after Spine Surgery, a 2014 research study by Rogelio Coronado, PT, PhD, CSCS, FAAOMPT. At the time, Coronado aimed to determine the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral-based physical therapy on physical activity and function after spine surgery.

Visit Foundation4pt.org/AAOMPT to give or learn more.


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