From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Peter Huijbregts was a treasured colleague and educational consultant with Shelbourne Physical Therapy.
Dr. Huijbregts sadly passed away suddenly in November of 2010. Please read his biography and articles below for more information about his lifelong accomplishments.
Dr. Huijbregts is a physical therapist holding licenses in British Columbia, Michigan, and the Netherlands. In addition to a 4-year baccalaureate diploma in physical therapy (PT) in 1990, he completed a Master of Science in Manual Therapy (1994), a Master of Health Science in PT (1997), and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (2001). He is board-certified in Orthopaedic PT with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (1998, re-certified 2008) and holds post-graduate certificates in strength and conditioning (1996), manual therapy (1997), functional capacity evaluation (1997), clinical education (1998), and intramuscular stimulation (2004). He has also attained Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (1998) and in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (2002). Since 1990 Dr. Huijbregts has worked in a variety of clinical settings with an emphasis on orthopaedic PT. His current clinical workplace is at Shelbourne Physiotherapy Clinic in Victoria, BC, Canada (www.shelbournephysio.ca), where he works as a physiotherapy consultant with a special interest in diagnosis and management of chronic spinal pain syndromes, shoulder pain, headache, and dizziness.
Dr. Huijbregts has taught in entry-level and post-graduate clinical PT education, continuing medical education, community education, and academic PT and occupational therapy education. He has served as Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University (2000) in Allendale, MI, and Pacific University (2001) in Forest Grove, OR. Since 2002 Peter has held an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL (www.usa.edu), where he teaches and develops online courses in the area of orthopaedic basic science, spinal instability, and statistics and research methodology. He also serves as a faculty advisor for independent study projects and doctoral Capstone projects. In 2008 he was appointed Advisory Faculty Member for the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (www.naiomt.com). For NAIOMT he teaches a specialty course on the impact of evidence-based practice on clinical practice and publication.
After serving as its Editor-in-Chief from late 2004 until the end of 2007, Dr. Huijbregts is now the Consulting Editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (www.jmmtonline.com), a peer-reviewed international journal on the topic of orthopaedic manual therapy. He also holds appointments at three other peer-reviewed journals, i.e., Physical Therapy (US), Physiotherapy Canada (Canada), and Rehabilitacja Medyczna (Poland). As of 2006, Dr. Huijbregts has been working as Consulting Editor for Jones and Bartlett Publishers (www.jbpub.com) and serves as the Series editor for a book series called Current Topics in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine. He has authored a textbook on strength training applications in rehabilitation and sports and has produced more than 40 original articles, four American Physical Therapy Association Orthopaedic Section independent study course chapters, university graduate-level courses and course chapters, editorials, and textbook chapters on topics related to various areas in PT. Many of his original papers and editorials and a number of the independent home study course chapters are available through this website with kind permission from the editors of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division Review, Rehabilitacja Medyczna, and Physiotherapy Canada and with permission from the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. His current projects include an edited textbook on myofascial trigger point pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management and another on the diagnosis and management of patients with dizziness.
In short, Dr. Huijbregts wrote the book (and the articles) on physical therapy and his active envolvement with our team allows for immdiate answers to clinical questions and access to the most updated technology and treatments available.
Past and Future: Responsibility and Opportunity
Becoming the editor of a well established, international, peer-reviewed journal is a grave responsibility. At the same time, it is an exciting opportunity. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy was started in 1993 with the goal of providing an international forum where ideas on the theory and practice of orthopaedic manual therapy (OMT) could be shared among clinicians and researchers worldwide1,2. To this end, over the past 12 years, the Journal has published original research articles, literature reviews, case reports, Letters to the Editor, and media reviews.
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Articles & Insight from Dr. Peter Huijbregts
- Dizziness in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice: Vestibular System Anatomy, Vascularization, and Physiology with Clinical Implications
Dizziness, Vertigo, Vestibular, Anatomy, Vascularization, Physiology
- Dizziness in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice: Classification and Pathophysiology
Dizziness, Classification, Vertigo, Presyncope, Dysequilibrium, Other Dizziness
- Dizziness in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice: History and Physical Examination
Dizziness, History, Physical Examination, Physical Therapy
- Cervicogenic Dizziness: A Case Report Illustrating Orthopaedic Manual and Vestibular Physical Therapy Comanagement
Dizziness, Cervicogenic, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, Vestibular Physical Therapy
Neck Pain & Headaches
- Immediate Effects of Inhibitive Distraction on Active Range of Cervical Flexion in Patients with Neck Pain: A Pilot Study
Cervical, Active Range of Motion, Inhibitive Distraction, Neck Pain, Pilot Study
- Physical Therapy Diagnosis and Management of a Patient with Chronic Daily Headache: A Case Report
Chronic Daily Headache, Physical Therapy, Diagnosis, Management, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, Dry Needling, Myofascial Trigger Points
Orthopedic & Musculoskeletal
- Creation and Critique of Studies of Diagnostic Accuracy: Use of the STARD and QUADAS Methodological Quality Assessment Tools
Special Tests, Diagnostic Accuracy, Methodological Quality Assessment Tools, STARD, QUADAS
- Muscle Injury, Regeneration, and Repair
Muscle, Injury, Regeneration, Repair
- Osteonecrosis of the Humeral Head: A Literature Review and Two Case Studies
Osteonecrosis, Humeral Head, Bone
- Osteoporosis: Epidemiology, Histology, Bone Remodeling, and Classification – Part I
Osteoporosis, Epidemiology, Histology, Remodeling, Classification
- Osteoporosis: Diagnosis and Conservative Treatment – Part II
Osteoporosis, Diagnosis, Treatment, Exercise
- Scaphoid Fracture: A Case Report Illustrating Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Discussing Measures of Reliability and Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity
- Tendon Injury: A Review
Tendon, Biochemical, Biomechanical, Injury, Anatomy, Function, Contributing Factors
- Strength Training: The Use of the Theravital Bicycle Trainer for the Treatment of Gait Dysfunction in Extended Care Patients
Physical Therapy General
- Adding Spinal Thrust Manipulation to Entry-Level Canadian Physical Therapy Curricula: Why and How?
- Clinical Prediction Rules: Time to Sacrifice the Holy Cow of Specificity?
- Evidence-Based Practice and the Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy
- The Chiropractic Subluxation: Implications for Manual Medicine
- Manipulation, Monkeys, and Bunches of Bananas
- Chiropractic Legal Challenges to the Physical Therapy Scope of Practice: Anybody Else Taking the Ethical High Ground?
- A New Model for Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Research: Description and Implications
- Manual Therapy in Children: Role of the Evidence-Based Clinician
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Physical Therapy and Manual Physical Therapy: Differences in Patient Characteristics
- Evidence-based Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiotherapy: A Critical Appraisal
EBM, Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiotherapy, Critical Appraisal
Spine & Joints
- Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity of Acromioclavicular Joint Physical Examination Tests: A Systematic Review
Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity, Acromioclavicular Joint, Physical Examination, Systematic Review, STARD Criteria
- Lumbar Spine Coupled Motions: A Literature Review with Clinical Implications
- Fact and Fiction of Disc Reduction: A Literature Review
Disc, Herniation, Manipulation, Traction, McKenzie
- Positive Cervical Artery Testing in a Patient with Chronic Whiplash Syndrome: Clinical Decision-Making in the Presence of Diagnostic Uncertainty
Whiplash Syndrome, Physical Therapy, Cervical Artery, Vertebral Artery, Diagnostic Uncertainty, Clinical Reasoning
- Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity of Physical Examination Tests for Hip Labral Lesions: A Systematic Review
Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity, Hip Labral Lesion, Physical Examination, STARD, Systematic Review.
- Huijbregts PA. HSC 11.2.3. Lumbopelvic Region: Anatomy and Biomechanics. In: Wadsworth C. HSC 11.2. Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. LaCrosse, WI: Orthopaedic Section APTA, 2001 – Part I
- Huijbregts PA. HSC 11.2.4. Lumbopelvic Region: Aging, Disease, Examination, Diagnosis, and Treatment. In: Wadsworth C. HSC 11.2. Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. LaCrosse, WI: Orthopaedic Section APTA, 2001. – Part II
- Spinal Motion Palpation: A Review of Reliability Studies
Spinal Motion Palpation, Reliability, Research Validity
- Evidence-Based Practice in Physical and Manual Therapy: Development and Content of Dutch National Practice Guidelines for Patients with Non-Specific Low Back Pain
Evidence-Based Practice, Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, Non-specific Low Back Pain
- Physical Therapy and Manual Physical Therapy for Patients with Non-Specific Low-Back Pain: Differences in Patient Characteristics with Implications for Diagnostic Classification
Manual Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy, Non-Specific Low Back Pain, Patient Characteristics, Diagnostic Classification
- Biomechanics and Pathology of the Overhead Throwing Motion: A Literature Review
Throwing, Shoulder, Biomechanics, Pathology
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Evidence-Based Diagnosis
Low Back Pain, LBP, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Joint Block
- SLAP Lesions: Structure, Function, and Physical Therapy Diagnosis and Treatment
Labrum, SLAP-Lesion, Structure, Function, Diagnosis, Treatment
- Diagnostic Utility of Clinical Tests for SLAP Lesions: A Systematic Literature Review
Best-evidence Synthesis, Diagnostic Utility, QUADAS, SLAP Lesion, Systematic Review
- Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Treatment of the Painful Sacroiliac Joint
Shelbourne Physiotherapy is the smartest choice for your physical therapy care.
In Memoriam by Rob Oostendorp
Too soon and too young, on Saturday, November 6, 2010, Dr. Peter Huijbregts died of a heart attack while asleep at home in Victoria, BC.
Peter was born and grew up in Reusel, a small town in the Netherlands. In addition to earning a 4-year baccalaureate diploma in physical therapy at the Hogeschool Eindhoven, the Netherlands (1990), he completed a Master of Science in Manual Therapy at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium (1994); a Master of Health Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis (1997); and a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida (2001). He was board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and held postgraduate certificates in strength and conditioning, manual therapy, functional capacity evaluation, clinical education, and intramuscular stimulation. He also attained Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy.
Peter taught in both entry-level and postgraduate education programs. He served as adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan (2000), and at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (2001). Beginning in 2002, Peter held an appointment as assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where he taught and developed online courses in the areas of orthopaedic basic science, spinal instability, and statistics and research methodology. In 2008, he was appointed as an advisory faculty member to the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.
Beginning in 1990, Peter worked in a variety of clinical settings, with an emphasis on orthopaedic manual physical therapy. His last place of employment was Shelbourne Physiotherapy Clinic in Victoria, where he worked as a physiotherapy consultant with a special interest in assessment and management of patients with chronic spinal pain syndromes, shoulder pain, headache, and dizziness.
Peter’s writings include 60 scientific publications and textbook chapters on topics related to various areas in manual physical therapy, produced between 1990 and 2010. His editorials were of great interest to colleagues in the field of manual physical therapy and showed a clear vision of the future. After serving as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy from late 2004 to the end of 2007, Peter continued to function as its consulting editor; he was a sought-after peer reviewer for several international journals. Beginning in 2006, Peter worked as consulting editor for Jones and Bartlett Publishers and editor of its Current Topics in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine series.
Among his many interests were jazz and classical music, science fiction, weight training, and judo. He loved his family in the Netherlands. Since Peter lived in the United States and Canada, his Dutch family often missed important events in his life. Besides his many international contacts, Peter stayed in touch with his Dutch and Belgian colleagues. He contributed regularly to the Dutch Manual Therapy Journal,which will shortly publish one of his last articles. The news of his death was devastating to his colleagues in the Netherlands, Belgium, and throughout the world. He was liked and respected by all who knew him. Peter will be missed as an enthusiastic, persistent, intelligent, and friendly colleague. I remember him with respect and friendship. I have lost one of my best students, whom I considered a good personal friend. After his busy and fulfilling life and career, I hope that Peter will rest in peace.
Peter is survived by his wife, Rap, and their two young children, Arun and Annika. I hope that his memory will be a comfort to them.