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Dr. Alexis Wright

Alexis A Wright PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT earned a DPT in 2006 from Duke University. She received her PhD in Clinical Research from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2010. She is a current Orthopedic Certified Specialist and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She is a licensed and practicing physical therapist in North Carolina and has been a core faculty member since 2011. Dr. Wright currently serves as Assistant Chair and primary instructor for PT 7610 Musculoskeletal 2 and co-director of PT 7600 Musculoskeletal 1. In her primary role as Assistant Chair, Dr. Wright will be primarily responsible for student related issues as well as Chair of the Admissions Commit-tee. Dr. Wright currently serves on two journal editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for a number of other international and national peer-reviewed journals. She currently serves on both the Nominating Committee and Research Committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Wright is a 2012 recipient of the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award for the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Wright has over 35 peer-reviewed publications in the area of orthopedics, is a frequent research presenter at state and national meetings, and provides annual continuing education courses in the area of orthopedics to Orthopedic Residents.


Selected Publications (Selected from 40 peer-reviewed publications)

  1. Wright AA, Tarara DT, Hegedus EJ, Ray SE, Dischiavi S. Exercise prescription for overhead athletes with shoulder pathology: a systematic review with best evidence synthesis. Br J Sports Med. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096915
  2. Wright AA, Donaldson M, Wassinger C, Emerson Kavchak A. Subacute Effects of Cervicothoracic Spinal Thrust/Nonthrust in Addition to Shoulder Manual Therapy Plus Exercise Intervention in Individuals with Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: A Prospective, Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Pilot Study. J Man Manip Ther. 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10669817.2016.1251377
  3. Wright AA, Dischiavi S, Taylor JB, Smoliga JM, Hegedus EJ. Association of Lower Quarter Y-Balance Test with lower extremity injury in Division 1 athletes: an independent validation study. Physiotherapy. 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2016.06.002
  4. Wright AA, Hegedus EJ, Dischiavi S, Taylor JB, Stubbs AJ. Non-operative management of femoroacetabular impingement: a prospective, randomized controlled clinical trial pilot study. J Sci Med Sport 2016;19:716-721.
  5. Wright AA, Hegedus EJ, Lenchik L, Kuhn KJ, Santiago L, Smoliga JM. Diagnostic accuracy of various imaging modalities for suspected lower extremity stress fractures: a systematic review with evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice. Am J Sports Med. 2016;44:255-263.
  6. Wright AA, Taylor JB, Ford KR, Siska L, Smoliga JM. Risk factors associated with lower extremity stress fractures in runners: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49:1517-1523.
  7. Wright AA, Naze GS, Emerson Kavchak A, Paul D, Kenison B, Hegedus EJ. Radiological variables associated with progression of femoroacetabular impingement of the hip: a systematic review. J Sci Med Sport. 2015;18:122-127.
  8. Wright AA, Wassinger C, Frank M, Michener LA, Hegedus EJ. Diagnostic accuracy of scapular physical examination tests for shoulder disorders: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med 2013;47:886-892
  9. Wright AA, Cook CE, Baxter GD, Dockerty JD, and Abbott JH. A comparison of three methodological approaches to defining major clinically important improvement of four performance measures in patients with hip osteoarthritis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2011;41(5):319-327.
  10. Wright AA, Cook CE, Baxter GD, Flynn TW, and Abbott JH. Predictors for response to therapeutic physical therapy intervention in patients with primary hip osteoarthritis. Phys Ther 2011;91(4):510-524

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