Dr. Ryan Bolena,

Ryan received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Areas of focus were advanced concepts in spine and manual therapy and neuroscience related to gait and balance. Ryan co-authored an article that was published in the Gait and Posture journal. “Kinematic analysis of postural reactions to a posterior translation in rocker bottom shoes in younger and older adults” analyzed the impact that rocker bottom shoes, such as diabetic footwear, have on young and older adults when presented with an external destabilizing force.

Clinical interests encompass manual interventions and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries and dysfunctions, primarily related to the spine. This includes physical therapy management and manual techniques for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and sciatica. He is currently pursuing certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT), which is an evidence based assessment and treatment approach for patients with spine and extremity problems.

Ryan has a vested interest in physical therapy for older adults, including assessment and management of vestibular disorders such as vertigo and impaired balance. He enjoys educating people about gait and balance problems as well as fall risk management.

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