Paul Mintken, DPT, MSPT, PT, FAAOMPT, OCS
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program

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Graduate Schools :
  • DPT, University of Colorado Denver (2004)
  • PT, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1994)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Northern Colorado (CO) (1991)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program

Recognition & Awards

  • James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Award, Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy and the American Physical Therapy Association (2019)
  • D.L. Hart Memorial International Research Award, Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO) Inc (2018)
  • Professional Achievement Award, Regis University School of Physical Therapy (2018)
  • Dick Erhard Outstanding Research Platform Presentation Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Annual Conference (2018)
  • Keynote Speaker, Annual Meeting American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) (2017)
  • Outstanding Physical Therapist Award for the state of Colorado, Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (2017)
  • Outstanding Research Platform Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Annual Conference (2016)
  • Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) (2015)
  • Rose Excellence in Research Award for the Best Research Article in 2014 in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (2014)
  • Robert L. Stearns Award for Extraordinary Service University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association, University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association (2014)
  • Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) Excellence in Research Award for the best research article 2013, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (2013)
  • Chattanooga Research Award, American Physical Therapy Association (2011)
    Award for best clinical research article published in Physical Therapy in 2010
  • Dick Erhard Outstanding Research Platform Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (2010)
  • Bob Doctor Service Award , Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (2010)
  • Fellow in American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (2008)
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (2007)
  • Outstanding Clinical Instructor, University of Colorado Denver (2000)
  • Herbert Levy Humanitarian Award in Physical Therapy, University of Colorado Denver (1994)

Teaching

  • Professor (2004)
    School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Orthopaedic physical therapy, manual therapy, manipulation.

Publications

  • Bialosky JE, Cleland JA, Mintken P, Beneciuk JM, Bishop MD. The healthcare buffet: preferences in the clinical decision-making process for patients with musculoskeletal pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2021 Oct 17;:1-10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34657575
  • Lonnemann E, Olson KA, Deyle GD, Silvernail JL, Plock H, Puentedura E, Mintken P, Rhon DI, Hutting N, Paris S. What is in a Name? Perhaps your Professional Identity and Practice - A Call to Maintain IFOMPT as the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists. J Man Manip Ther. 2021 Aug;29(4):201-202. PubMed PMID: 34378490
  • McDevitt AW, Cleland JA, Rhon DI, Altic RAK, Courtney DJ, Glynn PE, Mintken PE. Thoracic spine thrust manipulation for individuals with cervicogenic headache: a crossover randomized clinical trial. J Man Manip Ther. 2021 Jul 16;:1-18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34269160
  • Nijs J, Wijma AJ, Willaert W, Huysmans E, Mintken P, Smeets R, Goossens M, van Wilgen CP, van Bogaert W, Louw A, Cleland J, Donaldson M. Integrating Motivational Interviewing in Pain Neuroscience Education for People With Chronic Pain: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Phys Ther. 2020 Jan 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31995191
  • McDevitt AW, Cleland JA, Strickland C, Mintken P, Leibold MB, Borg M, Altic R, Snodgrass S. Accuracy of long head of the biceps tendon palpation by physical therapists; an ultrasonographic study. J Phys Ther Sci. 2020 Nov;32(11):760-767. PubMed PMID: 33281293
  • Nijs J, Wijma AJ, Willaert W, Huysmans E, Mintken P, Smeets R, Goossens M, van Wilgen CP, Van Bogaert W, Louw A, Cleland J, Donaldson M. Integrating Motivational Interviewing in Pain Neuroscience Education for People With Chronic Pain: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Phys Ther. 2020 May 18;100(5):846-859. PubMed PMID: 31995191
  • McDevitt AW, Snodgrass SJ, Cleland JA, Leibold MBR, Krause LA, Mintken PE. Treatment of individuals with chronic bicipital tendinopathy using dry needling, eccentric-concentric exercise and stretching; a case series. Physiother Theory Pract. 2020 Mar;36(3):397-407. PubMed PMID: 29932797
  • Bishop MD, Mintken P, Bialosky JE, Cleland JA. Factors shaping expectations for complete relief from symptoms during rehabilitation for patients with spine pain. Physiother Theory Pract. 2019 Jan;35(1):70-79. PubMed PMID: 29452024
  • Hammerich A, Whitman J, Mintken P, Denninger T, Akuthota V, Sawyer EE, Hofmann M, Childs JD, Cleland J. Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Combined With Epidural Steroid Injection for Individuals With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Randomized Parallel-Group Trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 May;100(5):797-810. PubMed PMID: 30703349
  • Bishop MD, Mintken P, Bialosky JE, Cleland JA. Factors shaping expectations for complete relief from symptoms during rehabilitation for patients with spine pain. Physiother Theory Pract. 2019 Jan;35(1):70-79. PubMed PMID: 29452024
  • Cook CE, Cleland JA, Mintken PE. Manual Therapy Cures Death: I Think I Read That Somewhere. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Nov;48(11):830-832. PubMed PMID: 30381025
  • McDevitt AW, Mintken PE, Cleland JA, Bishop MD. Impact of expectations on functional recovery in individuals with chronic shoulder pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2018 Jul;26(3):136-146. PubMed PMID: 30042628
  • McDevitt AW, Snodgrass SJ, Cleland JA, Leibold MBR, Krause LA, Mintken PE. Treatment of individuals with chronic bicipital tendinopathy using dry needling, eccentric-concentric exercise and stretching; a case series. Physiother Theory Pract. 2018 Jun 22;:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29932797
  • Mintken PE, Moore JR, Flynn TW. Physical Therapists' Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 May;48(5):349-353. PubMed PMID: 29712547
  • Mintken PE, Rodeghero J, Cleland JA. Manual therapists - Have you lost that loving feeling?!. J Man Manip Ther. 2018 May;26(2):53-54. PubMed PMID: 29686478
  • Karas S, Mintken P, Brismée JM. We need to debate the value of manipulative therapy and recognize that we do not always understand from what to attribute our success. J Man Manip Ther. 2018 Feb;26(1):1-2. PubMed PMID: 29456441
  • Sawyer EE, McDevitt AW, Louw A, Puentedura EJ, Mintken PE. Use of Pain Neuroscience Education, Tactile Discrimination, and Graded Motor Imagery in an Individual With Frozen Shoulder. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Mar;48(3):174-184. PubMed PMID: 29257926
  • Cook CE, Cleland JA, Mintken PE. Manual Therapy Cures Death: I Think I Read That Somewhere. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Nov;48(11):830-832. PubMed PMID: 30381025
  • McDevitt AW, Mintken PE, Cleland JA, Bishop MD. Impact of expectations on functional recovery in individuals with chronic shoulder pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2018 Jul;26(3):136-146. PubMed PMID: 30042628
  • McDevitt AW, Snodgrass SJ, Cleland JA, Leibold MBR, Krause LA, Mintken PE. Treatment of individuals with chronic bicipital tendinopathy using dry needling, eccentric-concentric exercise and stretching; a case series. Physiother Theory Pract. 2018 Jun 22;:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29932797
  • Karas S, Mintken P, Brismée JM. We need to debate the value of manipulative therapy and recognize that we do not always understand from what to attribute our success. J Man Manip Ther. 2018 Feb;26(1):1-2. PubMed PMID: 29456441
  • Mintken PE, Rodeghero J, Cleland JA. Manual therapists - Have you lost that loving feeling?!. J Man Manip Ther. 2018 May;26(2):53-54. PubMed PMID: 29686478
  • Mintken PE, Moore JR, Flynn TW. Physical Therapists' Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 May;48(5):349-353. PubMed PMID: 29712547
  • Sawyer EE, McDevitt AW, Louw A, Puentedura EJ, Mintken PE. Use of Pain Neuroscience Education, Tactile Discrimination, and Graded Motor Imagery in an Individual With Frozen Shoulder. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Mar;48(3):174-184. PubMed PMID: 29257926
  • Akuthota V, Marshall B, Mintken PE, Schenkman M, Kumbhare D. Second-Order Peer Reviews of Clinically Relevant Articles for the Physiatrist: "Early Physical Therapy Vs Usual Care in Patients with Recent-Onset Low Back Pain" (Fritz JM, Magel JS, McFadden M, et al, JAMA 2015): "Physical Therapy May Not Help Acute Lower Back Pain Sufferers". Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Sep;96(9):682-685. PubMed PMID: 28081028
  • Salamh PA, Reiman M, Cleland J, Mintken P, Rodeghero J, Cook CE. Risk Stratification for 4,837 Individuals with Knee Pain Who Receive Physical Therapy Treatment. Musculoskeletal Care. 2017 Jun;15(2):122-130. PubMed PMID: 27374889
  • Rodeghero JR, Cleland JA, Mintken PE, Cook CE. Risk stratification of patients with shoulder pain seen in physical therapy practice. J Eval Clin Pract. 2017 Apr;23(2):257-263. PubMed PMID: 27357623
  • Salamh PA, Reiman M, Cleland J, Mintken P, Rodeghero J, Cook CE. Risk Stratification for 4,837 Individuals with Knee Pain Who Receive Physical Therapy Treatment. Musculoskeletal Care. 2016 Jul 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27374889
  • Rodeghero JR, Cleland JA, Mintken PE, Cook CE. Risk stratification of patients with shoulder pain seen in physical therapy practice. J Eval Clin Pract. 2016 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27357623
  • Cleland JA, Mintken PE, McDevitt A, Bieniek ML, Carpenter KJ, Kulp K, Whitman JM. Manual physical therapy and exercise versus supervised home exercise in the management of patients with inversion ankle sprain: a multicenter randomized clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43(7):443-55. PubMed PMID: 23628755
  • Bishop MD, Mintken PE, Bialosky JE, Cleland JA. Patient expectations of benefit from interventions for neck pain and resulting influence on outcomes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43(7):457-65. PubMed PMID: 23508341
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Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Member
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Fellow

Practice Locations

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2003)
  • Fellowship in Manual Therapy, Specialized Training (2008)
  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Board Certification (2005)
  • Certified Physical Therapist, License (1994)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Rehabilitation Therapy - Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
Personal Interests
I am married with 3 kids and I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, playing guitar, and woodworking.

Volunteer Activities
9 Health Fair, National Western Stock Show, Boy Scouts of America

Public Speaking
Yes
Manual Therapy, Opioids, Chronic Pain, Direct Access Physical Therapy

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • DPT, University of Colorado Denver (2004)
  • PT, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1994)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Northern Colorado (CO) (1991)
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Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy Program
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