A Survey of Clinical Instructor’s Perspective on Teaching Thrust Joint Manipulation to Physical Therapy Students

Presenter: Emily Faria

Research Category: Health Sciences
Additional Authors: Christopher Cesario, Marie Corkery, Emma Collier


The purpose of this study was to investigate clinical instructor’s perspective on teaching thrust joint manipulation (TJM) to physical therapist students during clinical education. A literature review of current research and a survey helped understand factors that impact clinical instructors when choosing to allow their students to perform TJM. We hypothesized that the survey will show the lack of TJM use by clinical students.


Problem Statement

Studies have been performed looking at this issue from the perspective of a clinical student. However, understanding the factors that influence clinical instructors when allowing their student to perform TJM helped us understand the utilization of TJM by physical therapist students.



A 28 item survey was sent to 485 clinical instructors across 30 states. The survey was created through feedback from current clinical instructors as well as professors and students at Northeastern University. The survey was sent out on February 11 and will remain open for 6 weeks.



Results of this study are still pending and will be collected and analyzed prior to RISE on April 2, 2020. As of February 19, 2020 there have been 44 responses to the survey.



The results of the study benefit future physical therapist program’s TJM curriculum. Our ultimate goal is to provide future physical therapist students with more opportunity to use TJM on clinical education experiences.