Last Name

David C. Morrisette

InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
DepartmentPhysical Therapy (PT)
AddressP.O. Box MSC 962
151 Rutledge Ave.
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    Morrisette previously was honored with the 2005 Butch Buchanan Clinical Excellence Award by the South Carolina Chapter of the Physical Therapy Association. Having earned his Doctor of Philosophy from MUSC, Morrisette has been with the MUSC Physical Therapy Education program since 1988.

    Morrisette is certified in manual physical therapy and CPR, he is a certified athletic trainer, an orthopaedic clinical specialist, and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

    A physical therapist for more than 20 years, Morrisette specializes in musculoskeletal disorders. “His philosophy is that he cannot effectively teach if he does not maintain the highest clinical standard,” wrote Physical Therapy Educational Director Kathleen Cegles. “He provides excellent student-oriented education by encouraging intellectual curiosity and student follow-up using evidence-based, therapeutic interventions.”

    “Dave is humble about the things he does for his students,” wrote a student. “We could never do enough to thank him for his efforts, dedication, and determination; however, the greatest thing about him is that he does not expect us to.”

    A graduate of Marshall University with a degree in education, Morrisette earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from West Virginia University.
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    Developing collaborative relationships for research, including with clinicians who are interested in research, Osteoarthritis (OA), Chronic pain complications following spinal cord injury (SCI)

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    1. Delitto A, Patterson CG, Stevans JM, Brennan GP, Wegener ST, Morrisette DC, Beneciuk JM, Freel JA, Minick KI, Hunter SJ, Ephraim PL, Friedman M, Simpson KN, George SZ, Daley KN, Albert MC, Tamasy M, Cash J, Lake DS, Freburger JK, Greco CM, Hough LJ, Jeong JH, Khoja SS, Schneider MJ, Sowa GA, Spigle WA, Wasan AD, Adams WG, Lemaster CM, Mishuris RG, Plumb DL, Williams CT, Saper RB. Study protocol for targeted interventions to prevent chronic low back pain in high-risk patients: A multi-site pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial (TARGET Trial). Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 07; 82:66-76. PMID: 31136834.
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    2. Dubick MN, Ravin TH, Michel Y, Morrisette DC. Use of localized human growth hormone and testosterone injections in addition to manual therapy and exercise for lower back pain: a case series with 12-month follow-up. J Pain Res. 2015; 8:295-302. PMID: 26203272.
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    3. Morrisette DC, Cholewicki J, Logan S, Seif G, McGowan S. A randomized clinical trial comparing extensible and inextensible lumbosacral orthoses and standard care alone in the management of lower back pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 01; 39(21):1733-42. PMID: 25054648.
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    4. Brotherton SS, Saunders LL, Krause JS, Morrisette DC. Association between reliance on devices and people for walking and ability to walk community distances among persons with spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 2012 May; 35(3):156-61. PMID: 22507025.
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    5. Cholewicki J, Lee AS, Peter Reeves N, Morrisette DC. Comparison of trunk stiffness provided by different design characteristics of lumbosacral orthoses. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2010 Feb; 25(2):110-4. PMID: 20004503.
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    6. Cholewicki J, Reeves NP, Everding VQ, Morrisette DC. Lumbosacral orthoses reduce trunk muscle activity in a postural control task. J Biomech. 2007; 40(8):1731-6. PMID: 17054963.
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    7. Reeves NP, Everding VQ, Cholewicki J, Morrisette DC. The effects of trunk stiffness on postural control during unstable seated balance. Exp Brain Res. 2006 Oct; 174(4):694-700. PMID: 16724177.
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    8. Morrisette DC, Brown D, Saladin ME. Temperature change in lumbar periarticular tissue with continuous ultrasound. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2004 Dec; 34(12):754-60. PMID: 15643730.
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    9. Saladin LK, Morrisette DC, Brotherton SS. Making the physical therapy referral. JAAPA. 1999 Feb; 12(2):18-20, 23, 27-32 passim. PMID: 10728066.
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