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Thomas E. Dreisinger, PhD
Director of Research & Development
Dynamic Back & Neck Therapy
Troy, MI

About Thomas E. Dreisinger, PhD

Dr. Dreisinger is Director of Research and Development for Dynamic Back & Neck Therapy. From 2000 to 2004 he was managing partner for Progressive Spine Care & Rehabilitation in Columbia, MO. From 1987 to 1997 he was research director for the Columbia Spine Center, an affiliate of the Columbia Orthopaedic Group (Columbia, MO). From 1996 through 2000 he was Vice President for Cumulative Trauma Injury Prevention of Prevention First, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) a consulting firm dedicated to the reduction of upper extremity cumulative trauma incidents and low back injuries in industry with clients like United Airlines and Tyson Foods.

Dr. Dreisinger's background spans 30 years of clinical experience in rehabilitation, orthopedics and physical medicine. He has taught at the university level, and presented a number of scientific papers both in the United States and abroad. He has published articles in numerous biomedical journals including Spine, Orthopedics, Journal of Rheumatology, Sports Medicine, Paraplegia, and the Journal of Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Dr. Dreisinger is a fellow in the North American Spine Society, the American Back Society, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He sits on the Multidisciplinary Patient Care Committee for the North American Spine Society, is past chairman of the Practice Board for Clinical exercise Physiology of the American College of Sports Medicine (2002-2003) and is past chairman of the Board of Directors of the McKenzie Institute, USA an organization whose mission is the non-operative management of individuals with back pain. He currently is chair of the Research Committee of the McKenzie Institute International, and Secretary for the American Back Society.

Dr. Dreisinger graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1965; received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairmont State College in 1973, his Master of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1974, and his Doctoral degree in exercise physiology from the University of Missouri 1978. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1971 as an air traffic controller, and is a Vietnam Veteran. He resides in Troy, MI with his wife of 25 years Molly Ann (Eberhard) Dreisinger.

Publications

1. Dreisinger, TE, Strength Training and Low Back Pain. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 25(6), 56-59:2003.

2. Graves JE, Mayer J, Dreisinger TE, Mooney V. Resistance Training for Low Back Pain and Dysfunction. In: Graves JE, Franklin BA editors. Resistance Training for Health and Rehabilitation. Champaign: Human Kinetics, 357-383:2001.

3. Dreisinger TE. Exercise for Mechanical Low Back Pain. SpineLine, 2(3), 48-51, 2001.

4. Russell GS, Highland TR, Dreisinger TE. Complications with Spinal Instrumentation Systems: One Center's Experience. Medscape Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine 4(1), Orthopedics.medscape.com, 2000.

5. Leggett S, Mooney V, Matheson LN, Nelson B, Dreisinger T, VanZytveld J, Vie L. Restorative Exercise for Clinical Low Back Pain - A Prospective Two-Center Study With 1-Year Follow-up. Spine 24(9), 889-898, 1999.

6. Nelson BW, Carpenter DM, Dreisinger TE, Mitchell M, Kelly CE, Wegner JA. Can Spinal Surgery Be Prevented by Aggressive Strengthening Exercises? A Prospective Study of Cervical and Lumbar Patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 80(1):20-25, 1999.

7. Dreisinger TE. [Dynamometric Testing of Spinal Column]. Rehabilitácia 4, 31:208-212, 1998.

8. Dreisinger TE. Back on Track. ACE Certified News, 4(5), 6, 1998.

9. Dreisinger TE, Nelson BW. Management of Back Pain in Athletes. Sports Medicine, 21(4), 313-320, 1996.

10. Dreisinger TE. The Use and Misuse of Performance Testing. Orthopaedics, 17(5), 473-477, 1994.

11. Highland TR, Dreisinger TE, Vie LL, Russell GS. Changes in Isometric Strength and Range of Motion of the Isolated Cervical Spine Following Eight Weeks of Clinical Rehabilitation. Spine, 17(6) S87-92:1992.

12. Minor MA, Hewett JE, Webel RR, Dreisinger TE, Kay DR Exercise Tolerance and Disease Related Measures in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. J Rheumatol, 15:905-911, 1988.

13. Whiting RB, Dreisinger TE, and Hayden CR. Wheelchair Exercise Testing: Comparison of Continuous and Discontinuous Exercise. Paraplegia, 22(2) 92-99, 1984.

14. Whiting RB, Dreisinger TE, Dalton RB, and Londeree BR. improved Physical Fitness and Work Capacity in Quadriplegics by Wheelchair Exercise. Journal Of Cardiac Rehabilitation, 3:251-255, 1983.

15. Whiting RB, Dreisinger TE, and Abbot C. Clinical Value of Exercise Testing in Handicapped Subjects. Southern Medical Journal, 76 (10) 1225-1227, 1983.

16. Whiting RB, Dreisinger TE, and Abbott C. Clinical Use of Exercise Testing in Handicapped Patients. Missouri Medicine, 80 (9) 582-585, 1983.

17. Dreisinger TE, and Londeree BR. Wheelchair Exercise: A review. Paraplegia, 20:20-34, 1982.

Published and Presented Abstracts

1. Highland TR, Cunningham RR, Dreisinger TE. Cervical Strength Testing and Training in the Post-Fusion Patient. North American Spine Society, New York City, NY, October, 1997.

2. Russell GS, Highland TR, Dreisinger TE. Complications from Pedicle Instrumentation and Lumbar Fusion. American Orthopaedic Association, Boca Raton, FL, June, 1997.

3. Dreisinger TE, Vie LL, Highland TR. Strength Testing of the Isolated Cervical Spine: A Five Year Follow-up., North American Spine Society, Vancouver, B.C., October, 1996.

4. Nelson BN, Carpenter D, Dreisinger TE. Can Spine Surgery be Prevented with Aggressive Exercise: A Prospective Study., North American Spine Society, Vancouver, B.C., October, 1996.

5. Vie LL, Highland TR, Thomas TR, Dreisinger TE. MRI Comparison of Active Lumbar Extension and a 45° Roman Chair, North American Spine Society, Vancouver, B.C., October, 1996.

6. Dreisinger TE, Priest BA, Cunningham RR, Vie LL, Highland TR. Strength Testing and Training in Cervical Spine Patients, North American Spine Society, Washington, D.C., October, 1995.

7. Priest BA, Dreisinger TE, Vie LL, Cunningham RR, Highland TR. Efficacy and Safety of Rotational Strength Testing and Training in Patients with Soft Tissue Injuries of the Cervical Spine. Medicine and Science in Sports, 27(5), S230, 1995.

8. Dreisinger TE, Highland TR, Vie LL, Priest BA. Strength and Range of Motion in the Cervical Spine of the Elderly. Medicine and Science in Sports, 25(5), S62 1994.

9. Dreisinger TE, Donelson RG, Micheli LJ, Mooney V., Herring SA, Weinstein SM. Assessment and Management of Back Pain in the Physical Active Individual (Symposium). Medicine and Science in Sports, 25(5), S58 1994.

10. Highland TR, Dreisinger TE, Vie LL, Priest BA, Russell GS. Cervical Strength in the Elderly, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, Spring, 1994.

11. Russell GS, Dreisinger TE, Vie LL, Highland TR. Changes in Isometric Strength and Range of Motion of the Lumbar Spine Following Clinical Rehabilitation, Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Associations o the English Speaking World, Toronto, Summer, 1992.

12. Russell GS, Dreisinger TE, Highland TR, Vie LL. Proposed Strength Training Regimens in Rehabilitation of the Lumbar Spine, North American Spine Society, Boston, Summer 1992.

13. Dreisinger TE, Russell GS, Highland TR, Vie LL. Strength and Range of Motion Following Different Training Periods in Rehabilitation of the Lumbar Spine. American College of Sports Medicine, Dallas, Summer 1992.

14. Highland TR, Dreisinger TE. Degenerative Disc Disease in a Collegiate Volleyball Player. American College of Sports Medicine, Dallas, Summer1992.

15. Dreisinger TE, Highland TR, Russell GS. Cervical Exercise Training of Patients with Non-Spinal Cord Pathology: A Preliminary Report. American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, Summer 1991.

16. Highland TR, Russell GS, Dreisinger TE, Vie LL. Changes in Isometric Strength and Range of Motion of the Isolated Cervical Spine Following Eight Weeks of Clinical Rehabilitation. North American Spine Society, Keystone, Summer, 1991.

17. Russell GD, Highland TR, Dreisinger TE. Changes in Isometric Strength and Range of Motion of the Isolated Lumbar Spine Following Eight Weeks of Clinical Rehabilitation. North American Spine Society, Monterey Summer, 1990.

18. Coffman JL, Dreisinger TE, Timson BF, Dalton RB. The Role of Physical Fitness Norms in the Employment of Correctional Officers. American College of Sports Medicine Central States Meeting, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Summer 1987.

19. Dreisinger TE, Hart JL, Medin M, Nold R. Efficacy of ECG Telemetry in High Risk Geriatric Patients: A Pilot Study. Proceedings of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Kansas City, 1985.

20. Dreisinger TE, Minor MA, Webel RR, Whiting RB, and Kay DR. Pilot Study of Graded Exercise Testing of Arthritis Patients. Proceedings of American Rheumatology Association, Anahiem, 1985.

21. Minor MA, Dreisinger TE, Webel RR, Smith MK, Kay DR. Feasibility of Inpool Aerobic Exercise for Arthritis Patients. Proceedings of American Rheumatology Association, Anahiem, 1985.

22. Dreisinger TE, Dalton RB, Whiting RB. Comparison of Able-Bodied and Wheelchair Bound: A maximal Wheelchair Exercise Test. Proceedings of International Medical Society of Paraplegia, Denver, 1984.

23. Dreisinger TE, Whiting RB, Hayden C.R. Wheelchair Exercise Testing: Comparison of Continuous and Discontinuous Tests. Medicine and Science in Sports, 14 (2) 168, 1982.

24. Dreisinger TE, Dalton RB, Whiting RB, Londeree BR, Peterson CR. Cardiorespiratory Responses of Wheelchair Confined Populations to Wheelchair Exercise. American Spinal Injury Association Proceedings, New Orleans, 1981.

25. Dreisinger TE, Londeree BR, Craig HW, Whiting RB, and Dalton RB Wheelchair Ergometric Training in the Handicapped. Medicine and Science in Sports, 11 (1) 112-113, 1979.

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