Chatham University

Physical Therapy (DPT) Faculty and Staff

Steve Karas DSc, PT, CMPT, OCS, ATC

Steve Karas DSc, PT, CMPT, OCS, ATC

skaras@chatham.edu
Assistant Professor
Hometown : Forest Hills
Joined Chatham : 2008

Academic Areas of Interest

Thoracic Spine treatment, Manual Therapy of the Spine

Personal Areas of Interest

Running, Travel, Triathlon

Education

Publications

  • Karas S. Schneiders A. Reed D. Talisa V. Factors affecting Confidence and Knowledge in Spinal Palpation among International Manual Physical Therapists. JMMT 2016.
  • Karas S. Thompson L. Consideration of Treatment Fidelity to improve Manual Therapy Research. JMMT 2016.
  • Karas S. Wetzel A. Brence J. The effect of Spinal Mobilization on Pain Pressure Threshold: A Systematic Review. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice. 28; 1,2016.
  • Karas S. Westerheide A. Daniel L. A knowledge translation program to increase the utilization of thoracic spine mobilization and manipulation for patients with neck pain. Musculoskeletal Care, 2015.
  • Karas, S. Olson M. A randomized trial to compare the effect of general seated thoracic supine manipulation and targeted supine thoracic manipulation on cervical spine range of motion and pain. The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), 2012. (Abstract)
  • T4 Syndrome: An example of Regional Interdependence. SportEX Medicine, October 2014, 62, 8. Karas, S; Pannone, A.
  • Clinton S, Karas S, Luethcke, R. Evidence based treatment of pelvic pain: comparison of orthopedic and antepartum populations. JOSPT, 2012. (Abstract)
  • The effects of seated thoracic distraction as compared to specifically targeted thoracic thrusts. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. (2014) Karas, S. Olson Hunt, M.
  • Karas S. Enseki K. Physical Therapy following a Hip Resurfacing Procedure. J Nov Physiother 2013, 3:3.
  • Outcomes of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing. The Asian Journal of Sports Medicine, (2011) Karas, S.
  • Rehabilitation after Birmingham Hip Resurfacing: a case study. (Abstract) JOSPT (2010) Karas S, Enseki K.
  • The effects of seated thoracic distraction as compared to specifically targeted thoracic thrusts.(Abstract) The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. (2010) Karas, S.
  • Pezzullo D. Karas S. Irrgang J. Functional Plyometric Exercises for the Throwing Athlete. Journal of Athletic Training. (1995)
  • Stress Fractures Explanation, Treatment and Prevention. Running Times. Karas, S. (2005)
  • Karas S. Clinical Affiliations Abroad. Therapy Student Journal (1997)

Certifications

Awards

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists : Thoracic Spine Research Award ( 2013, 2014)
  • Cardon Manual Therapy Research Award; AAOMPT 2014
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Research Committee Award
  • Journal of Athletic Training Manuscript of the Year: Functional Plyometric Exercies for the Throwing Athlete

Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy: Research Committee, Education Committee
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association: Research Committee
  • Reviewer: Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Manual Therapy, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Trials Journal

Achievements

Presentations

  • Pannone A. Karas S. T4 Syndrome: A review of the literature. The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Louisville, KY, 2015.
  • Karas S. Wetzel A. Brence J. "The Effect of Spinal Mobilization on Pain Pressure Thresholds: A Review of the Literature." American Acaddemy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists Anual Conference (SanAntonio, TX), October 2014
  • Karas S. Sawhney R. Clinical Reasoning in a patient with left shoulder and cervical spine pain. American Acacdemy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists Anual Conference (SanAntonio, TX), October 2014
  • Karas, S. Knowledge Translation and Manual Therapy: Improving the Interaction of Clinicians and Researchers. AAMOPT Anual Conference (Cincinatti, OH), October 2013
  • Karas S. Olson, M. The effects of seated thoracic distraction as compared to specifically targeted thoracic thrusts on cervical pain and range of motion. The International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy & The World Conference of Manual / Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Quebec City, October 2012.
  • Karas S. Barnett, J. Specificity of Spinal Manual Therapy: A survey of manual Physical Therapists. The International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy & The World Conference of Manual / Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Quebec City, October 2012.
  • Clinton S. Karas S. Luethcke, R. Evidence based treatment of pelvic pain: comparison of orthopedic and antepartum populations. Course Workshop. The International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy & The World Conference of Manual / Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Quebec City, October 2012.
  • Barnett J. Karas S. Specificity of Spinal Manual Therapy: A survey of manual Physical Therapists. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. October, 2012.
  • Karas S. Clinical Update: Manual Therapy of the Thoracic Spine. South West District PA PT Association, September, 2012.
  • Karas, S. "A comparison of specific and general thoracic spine manipulation on cervical pain and range of motion." American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists Annual Conference (SanAntonio, Tx). October 2010
  • Karas, S. "Physical Therapy for a patient following Birmingham Hip Resurfacing." American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. San Diego, California.
  • Karas, S. "Physical Therapy for a patient following Birmingham Hip Resurfacing." Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association.
  • Karas, S. and Rytel, M. "Thermal Capsular Shift of the Shoulder". Pennsylvania Physical Theapy Association Conference.