Stephen M. Shaffer

Stephen M. Shaffer
University of Hartford

PT, ScD

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Introduction
Dr. Shaffer is a bilingual (English-Spanish) clinical specialist, educator, and scientist with 18 years of experience in the physical therapy profession. He has worked primarily in orthopedic outpatient settings and specializes in the evaluation and management of spinal, extremity, and jaw disorders. In clinical practice Dr. Shaffer places an emphasis on research informed evaluation and management as well as manual physical therapy and clinical reasoning.
Education
June 2010 - May 2013
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Field of study
  • Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy
August 1999 - May 2003
Nazareth College of Rochester
Field of study
  • Physical Therapy

Publications

Publications (12)
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Introduction: It is unknown if verified prospective registration of systematic reviews (SRs) and the randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that they use affect an SR's methodological quality on A MeaSurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews 2 (AMSTAR 2). Methods: Data originated from interventional SRs published in International Society of Physioth...
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Objectives: To determine if there are any statistically significant associations between: 1) randomized clinical trials (RCTs) investigating physical therapy musculoskeletal interventions, 2) journal impact factor (JIF), 3) frequency of RCT citation, 4) whether prospective intent was identifiable, and 5) the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)...
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Background Few studies have addressed the appropriate joint mobilization dosage for neck pain. Furthermore, the efficacy of manual therapy in patients with post-spinal fusion neck pain is unreported. Case Description A 63-year-old man with a 2-year history of unresolved neck pain post-cervical fusion presented to therapy with an exacerbation of ne...
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Objectives: To determine the prevalence of prospective clinical trial registration and post-randomization bias in published musculoskeletal physiotherapy/physical therapy randomized clinical trials (RCTs). Design: A methods review. Literature search: Articles indexed in MEDLINE and published between January 2016 and July 2020 were included. S...
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Background Many self-report outcome measures (SROMs) exist for measuring Quality of Life (QoL) in patients with painful temporomandibular disorders (TMD). However, it is uncertain which SROM(s) is/are best suited for research and clinical practice. Objectives The aims were to (1) identify clinimetrically sound SROMs for QoL in patients with painfu...
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Background Painful temporomandibular (TM) disorders result in 4.3 billion dollars spent annually in the United States. The complex interplay of physiological processes in persistent pain and dysfunctional sleep has been established. Recently, dysfunctional sleep has been identified as a potential pathway to the onset of painful TM disorder. Object...
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Background: Advanced practice physiotherapy (APP) rights are part of the evolution of the Physical Therapy profession. To date, no study has investigated musculoskeletal APP rights within the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). Objective: To investigate musculoskeletal APP rights for physical therapists worldwide and examine the rel...
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Objectives: The purpose of this investigation was to establish an international baseline of the quantity of physical therapist education on temporomandibular disorders (TMD) during post-professional Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) education. Methods: An electronically distributed survey was sent to programs and data analyzed for trends, i...
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Objective: The purpose of this investigation was to establish a baseline of physical therapist education on temporomandibular disorders (TMD)-related topics during credentialed orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship training and compare it to cervical spine disorders education. Method: An online survey was distributed electronically to ea...
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Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are a heterogeneous group of diagnoses affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissues. A variety of methods for evaluating and managing TMD have been proposed within the physical therapy profession but these sources are not peer-reviewed and lack updates from scientific literature. The dental p...
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Appropriate management of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) requires an understanding of the underlying dysfunction associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding structures. A comprehensive examination process, as described in part 1 of this series, can reveal underlying clinical findings that assist in the delivery of comprehen...

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