Clinical Assistant Professor
Bryan O’Halloran brings over 30 years of clinical experience in sports, orthopedics and practice ownership to the Clinic Practice and Musculoskeletal series of courses. O’Halloran comes to St Joseph’s from USciences and continues to work in the clinical setting at his practice in Delaware County. He also actively teaches continuing professional education workshops both nationally and internationally and has an active research agenda involving neck and back pain, cervicogenic headache and subacromial impingement syndrome in the shoulder. O’Halloran and colleagues were recently awarded the 2023 Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, Paris Patla Manual Therapy Grant for his project titled, “A Comparison of Specific and Shared Mechanisms Associated with Physical Therapy Interventions in Neck Pain”. This work will be examining not just whether different aspects of Physical Therapy work but why.
- DSc, Physical Therapy, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan
- DPT, Massachsetts General Hospital – Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts
- BS(Physiotherapy), Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia
- Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists
- Orthopedic Certified Specialist
- Sports Certified Specialist
Dr. O’Halloran has been a physical therapist for 35 years, has worked and taught in Australia, Europe, South America and the United States. He has worked with sports teams at all levels from National Teams at World Championships to recreational and youth athletes. O’Halloran has been a practice owner for 27 years and brings a wealth of experience to the classroom.
1. O'Halloran B, Cook CE, Oakley E. Criterion validation and interpretability of the Single Assessment Numerical Evaluation (SANE) of self-reported recovery in patients with neck pain. Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2021 Dec;56:102467. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2021.102467. Epub 2021 Oct 16. PMID: 34673312.
2. Riley SP, Harris J, O'Halloran BJ, Showalter CR, Learman KE. Symptom response to mobilization and outcomes in patients with subacromial pain syndrome: A cohort study. Physiother Res Int. 2021 Jul;26(3):e1914. doi: 10.1002/pri.1914. Epub 2021 May 24. PMID: 34028940.
3. Lerner-Lentz A, O'Halloran B, Donaldson M, Cleland JA. Pragmatic application of manipulation versus mobilization to the upper segments of the cervical spine plus exercise for treatment of cervicogenic headache: a randomized clinical trial. J Man Manip Ther. 2021 Oct;29(5):267-275. doi: 10.1080/10669817.2020.1834322. Epub 2020 Nov 5. PMID: 33148134; PMCID: PMC8491670.
4. Griswold D, Learman K, Kolber MJ, O'Halloran B, Cleland JA. Pragmatically Applied Cervical and Thoracic Nonthrust Manipulation Versus Thrust Manipulation for Patients With Mechanical Neck Pain: A Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Mar;48(3):137-145. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2018.7738. Epub 2018 Feb 6. PMID: 29406835.
5. Cook C, Learman K, Houghton S, Showalter C, O'Halloran B. Response to Letter to the Editor: The addition of cervical Unilateral Posterior Anterior Mobilization (UPA) in the treatment of patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: A randomized clinical trial. Man Ther. 2015 Jun;20(3):e11. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.01.011. Epub 2015 Feb 12. PMID: 25744597.
6. Griswold D, Learman K, O'Halloran B, Cleland J. A preliminary study comparing the use of cervical/upper thoracic mobilization and manipulation for individuals with mechanical neck pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2015;23(2):75-83. doi:10.1179/2042618614Y.0000000095
7. Cook C, Learman K, Showalter C, O'Halloran B. The relationship between chief complaint and comparable sign in patients with spinal pain: An exploratory study. Man Ther. 2015 Jun;20(3):451-5. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.11.007. Epub 2014 Nov 22. PMID: 25498410.
8. Learman K, Showalter C, O'Halloran B, Donaldson M, Cook C. No Differences in Outcomes in People with Low Back Pain Who Met the Clinical Prediction Rule for Lumbar Spine Manipulation When a Pragmatic Non-thrust Manipulation Was Used as the Comparator. Physiother Can. 2014 Fall;66(4):359-66. doi: 10.3138/ptc.2013-49. PMID: 25922557; PMCID: PMC4403352.
9. Cook C.E., Learman K.E., Houghton S, Showalter C.R., O'Halloran B. The addition of cervical unilateral posterior-anterior mobilisation in the treatment of patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: a randomised clinical trial. Man Ther. 2014 Feb;19(1):18-24. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2013.05.007. Epub 2013 Jun 20. PMID: 23791561.
10. O'Halloran B, Wright A, Cook C.E. Criterion validation of the rate of recovery, a single alphanumeric measure, in patients with shoulder pain. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2013 Dec;8(6):784-92. PMID: 24377064; PMCID: PMC3867071.
11. Cook C.E., Learman K.E., Showalter C.R., Kabbaz V.J., O'Halloran B. In response to: Fábio Franciscatto Stieven, master candidate; Ferreira E Giovanni, undergraduate; Silva F Marcelo, doctor; Rosa T Luis, doctor. Thrust manipulation versus non-thrust manipulation: a question that still needs to be answered. Man Ther. 2013 Dec;18(6):e16-7. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2013.07.010. Epub 2013 Sep 24. PMID: 24075200.
12. Learman K.E., Showalter C.R., O'Halloran B, Cook C.E. Thrust and nonthrust manipulation for older adults with low back pain: an evaluation of pain and disability. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2013 Jun;36(5):284-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.05.007. Epub 2013 Jun 12. PMID: 23769265.
13. Donaldson M., Learman K.E., O’Halloran B, Showalter C.R., Cook C.E., “The Role of Patients' Expectation of Appropriate Initial Manual Therapy Treatment in Outcomes for Patients With Low Back Pain.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, vol. 36, no. 5, 2013, pp. 276–283., doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.05.016
14. Cook C.E., Learman K.E.,Kabaz V.J., O’Halloran B. “Early Use of Thrust Manipulation versus Non-Thrust Manipulation: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Manual Therapy, vol. 18, no. 3, 2013, pp. 191–198., doi:10.1016/j.math.2012.08.005.
15. Schwind, J., O’Halloran B, Showalter C.R., Cook C.E. “Different Minimally Important Clinical Difference (MCID) Scores Lead to Different Clinical Prediction Rules for the Oswestry Disability Index for the Same Sample of Patients.” Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, vol. 21, no. 2, 2013, pp. 71–78., doi:10.1179/2042618613y.0000000028.
16. Cook C.E., Learman K.E., O’Halloran B, Showalter C.R., Kabbaz V.J., Goode A.P., Wright A.A., “Which Prognostic Factors for Low Back Pain Are Generic Predictors of Outcome Across a Range of Recovery Domains?” Physical Therapy, vol. 93, no. 1, 2013, pp.32-40., doi:10.2522/ptj.20120216
17. Cook C.E., Showalter C.R., Kabaz V.J., O’Halloran B. “Can a within/between-Session Change in Pain during Reassessment Predict Outcome Using a Manual Therapy Intervention in Patients with Mechanical Low Back Pain?” Manual Therapy, vol. 17, no. 4, 2012, pp.325-329., doi. 10.1016/j.math.2012.02.020
18. Cook C, O’Halloran B, Showalter C. “The use of non-thrust manipulation in a consecutive case series of patients who met the clinical prediction rule for thrust manipulation.” Italian J Physiother. 2011;1:65-72.
Effectiveness of interventions in neck pain, back pain, cervicogenic headache and subacromial impingement syndrome of the shoulder.
Specific and Shared Mechanisms associated with physical therapy interventions in neck and low back pain.