Apart from dedication in teaching, the Department of Physical Therapy of KMU also has a strong research profile. The role of research in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences, and the importance of evidence-based practice are emphasized throughout the program and students can access to a wide range of research activities during their undergraduate training. The main areas of research interests are (detailed research profiles of each staff are provided elsewhere):

  1. Stroke rehabilitation
    1. Effect of thermal stimulation for upper extremity movement and function in patients with stroke.
    2. Validation of psychometric properties of the assessment scales in individuals with stroke.
    3. Comparison of test-retest reliability of the clinical measure and kinematic analysis of upper-extremity movement in patients with stroke.
    4. Neuromuscular changes during stroke recovery.
  2. Spinal cord injury
    1. Physiological responses to exercise and to different axle positions during manual wheelchair propulsion in spinal cord injury.
    2. Application of functional electrical stimulation in individuals with spinal cord injury or stroke.
  3. Children’s development and motor control
    1. Interaction of reach task and postural in children with cerebral palsy: qualitative and quantitative analysis.
    2. The properties and adaptations of perceptual-motor behaviors in children and adolescents with Down syndrome.
    3. Efficacy of physical therapy for children with developmental delays and disorders.
    4. Muscle strength and functional capacity in individuals with muscular diseases
  4. Musculoskeletal problems and physical therapy
    1. Biomechanical analysis in individuals with ACL/PCL injury.
    2. Neuromuscular adaptation of knee muscles in patients with ACL/PCL Deficiency.
    3. Relationship between knee joint proprioception and postural control.
    4. Physical therapy for patients with arthroplasty.
    5. Assessment and management of muscular dystrophy.
    6. Clinical application of tape water iontophoresis for palmar hyperhidrosis.
  5. Women’s health
    1. Diastasis rectus abdominis in women.
    2. Abdominal muscle function in the postpartum women.
    3. Autonomic responses in postmenopausal females.
    4. Postural responses of trunk muscles in women with breast cancer after breast reconstruction with transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap.
  6. Back pain
    1. Sedentary lifestyle as a risk factor for low back pain.
    2. The efficacy of a specific taping for treating low back pain.
    3. Systematic review for the risk factors of new-onset low back pain.
  7. Assessment and questionnaire design
    1. Questionnaire development in spinal and hand disorder.
    2. Pain assessment in orthopedic problems.
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