Proaxis Therapy’s research is a continuous process that focuses on the discovery and dissemination of information about the most effective and efficient treatments to help our patients restore function and reclaim the life they love.
Recognized as one of the country’s most innovative and progressive physical therapy companies, Proaxis Therapy owes its success in part to our dedication to advanced physical therapy research. We continually examine what factors contribute to injuries as well as what therapies produce the best overall outcomes for our patients. The results of our research enable us to provide the highest quality, cutting-edge patient care.
Proaxis Therapy’s dedicated research team facilitates optimal outcomes with greater efficiency and sustainability for our patients and our partners. This begins by understanding the factors that may predispose someone to musculoskeletal injuries before injuries occur. Based on this insight, we then are able to implement prevention programs where we modify risk factors to help keep our communities safe, active and healthy.
When an injury does occur, our research aims to develop advanced treatment methods. Our research identifies factors that allow us to match patients with their personalized treatment options, and examine which treatments are most effective for non-operative and post-operative management of musculoskeletal disease.
Once patients have conquered injuries, we continue to partner with our patients to track their progress and overall health status. This approach allows us to understand which factors are likely to prevent re-injury and ensure long-term health. Together Proaxis Therapy’s research drives clinical pathways and produces results, maximizing health care value.
Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC
Chuck Thigpen is a Clinical Research Scientist with Proaxis Physical Therapy also holding adjunct appointments with Duke University Division of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina Department of Physical Therapy, and Clemson University Bioengineering. He completed his PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2006. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to prevention and treatment of shoulder pain. Thigpen has presented topics related to shoulder dysfunction at the national and international conferences. He has led funded clinical trials examining the treatment of shoulder and knee pain as well as the injuries in the pitching shoulder.
Thigpen completed a M.S. in Human Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Physical Therapy from UNC in May of 2003. He earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University in 1997.
Thigpen is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, as well as the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Sections. He is currently on the NATA Free Communications Research and Pronouncements Committees. He is also serving on the writing panel for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Appropriate Use Criteria for the treatment of rotator cuff tears. He is currently the research chair for the Sports Section. He was the 2011 President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and in 2012, he was awarded the APTA Sports Section’s “Lynn Wallace Award for Clinical Education and Mentoring” in recognition of his contributions to sports physical therapy in the areas of teaching and mentoring. Thigpen was a co-author for the 2013 APTA Sports Sections Excellence in Research Award for “Preseason Shoulder Rom Screening As A Predictor Of Injury Among Youth, Adolescent, And Professional Baseball Pitchers”.
Ellen Shanley, PT, PhD, OCS
Ellen Shanley is a Clinical Research Scientist with Proaxis Therapy. She completed her PhD in Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina since 2010 and Clemson University Department of Bioengineering since 2012. She has presented at the national and state level teaching upper extremity injury prevention and rehabilitation of shoulder and elbow injuries. Her publications include: “Shoulder range of motion measures as risk factors for shoulder and elbow injuries in high school softball and baseball players.” (Am J Sports Med. 2011 Sep;39(9):1997-2006), Development of GIRD and alterations in shoulder range of motion (ROM) in the professional pitching shoulder between seasons. (J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 Nov;21(11):1605-1612) and “Incidence of Injury in High School Baseball and Softball Players. (Journal of Athletic Training 2011 Nov-Dec;46(6):648-54).
She leads funded studies including: “Prospective Evaluation of Shoulder and Elbow Range of Motion in Adolescent and Professional Pitchers” and “The effect of a preseason injury prevention program on injury rates, ROM, and strength in a cohort of high school baseball and softball pitchers and catchers.”
Shanley teaches in an APTA credentialed sports residency and an UE sports fellowship program. She has specialized clinically in the treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders for 15 years. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Special Interest Groups and the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. She serves on the APTA’s orthopedic section research committee and the Education Chair for the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. She is currently leading a task force writing guidelines for treating patients with TSA for the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. Shanley received the 2013 APTA Sports Sections Excellence in Research Award as the primary author of “Preseason Shoulder Rom Screening As A Predictor Of Injury Among Youth, Adolescent, And Professional Baseball Pitchers”.