Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Biomechanics, University of Waterloo, 2009
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, Regis University, 2004
  • M.S.P.T., Physical Therapy, Regis University, 1996
  • B.S.c, Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines, 1992

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Expertise & Certifications

Certifications

  • Certificate in University Teaching, Centre for Teaching Excellence, 2008
  • American Physical Therapy Association Certified Clinical Instructor, 1999

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Biomechanics - Membership Committee, Abstract Review Committee
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists
  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • Canadian Society of Biomechanics
  • American Physical Therapy Association – Abstract Review Committee (Section on Research)

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Physical therapy interventions for musculoskeletal disorders, primarily low back pain.

Taking research studies from the laboratory into clinical and community settings for improved functional assessment, diagnosis, and intervention.

Biomechanical and clinical factors that are predictive of development of musculoskeletal pain

Recent Publications

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J.P. (2014). Transient low back pain development during standing predicts future clinical low back pain in previously asymptomatic individuals. Spine. 39(6):1-5.

Nelson-Wong, E., Poupore, K., Alexander, S., Dehmer, K., Gallant, P., Ingvalson, S., McClenahan, B., Piatte, A., Davis, A.M. (2013). Neuromuscular strategies for lumbopelvic control during frontal and sagittal plane movement challenges differ between people with and without low back pain.   J Electromyogr & Kinesiol. 23(6):1317-1324.

Nelson-Wong, E., Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., Ellison, N. (2013). Influence of presentation handout completeness on student learning in a physical therapy curriculum. Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 13(3):33-47.

Nelson-Wong, E., Alex, B., Csepe, D., Lancaster, D., & Callaghan, J. P. (2012). Altered muscle recruitment during extension from trunk flexion in low back pain developers. Clinical Biomechanics, 27(10), 994–998.

Callaghan, J.P. and Nelson-Wong, E., (2012). Existing muscle synergies and low pain: A case for preventative intervention. in Spinal Control: the Rehabilitation of Back Pain ed 1. P. Hodges, J. van Dieen & J. Cholewicki, Elsevier. (Book Chapter)

Davis, A.M., Bridge, P., Miller, J., & Nelson-Wong, E., (2011). Inter- and intra-rater reliability of the Active Hip Abduction Test. J Othop Sports Phys Ther, 41(12), 953-960.

Nelson-Wong E., Appell R., McKay M., Nawaz H., Roth J., Sigler R., Third J., & Walker M., (2011). Increased Fall Risk is Associated With Elevated Co-contraction About the Ankle During Static Balance Challenges in Older Adults. Eur J Appl Physiol, In Press.

Gallagher, K. M., Nelson-Wong, E., & Callaghan, J. P. (2011). Do individuals who develop transient low back pain exhibit different postural changes than non-pain developers during prolonged standing? Gait & Posture, 34(4), 490–495.

Pauk, J., Ezerskiy, V., Nelson-Wong, E., Rogalski, M., (2010). Assessment of foot morphology in flat feet children. Methods of Applied Sciences,6,131-140.

Nelson-Wong, E., Howarth, S.J., & Callaghan, J.P. (2010). Acute biomechanical responses to a prolongeds standing exposure in a simulated occupational setting. Ergonomics, 53 (9), 1117-28.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Repeatability of Clinical, Biomechanical, and Motor Control Profiles in People with and without Standing-Induced Low Back Pain. Rehabilitation Research and Practice, Volume 2010, Article ID 289278, 9 pages.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Changes in Muscle Activation Patterns and Subjective Low Back Pain Ratings During Prolonged Standing in Response to an Exercise Intervention. J Electromyogr Kinesiol, 20 (6), 1125-33. Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). The Impact of a Sloped Surface on Low Back Pain During Prolonged Standing. Appl Ergon, 41 (6), 787-95.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Is muscle co-activation a predisposing factor for low back pain development during standing? A multifactorial approach for early identification of at-risk individuals. J Electromyogr Kinesiol, 20, 256-263.

Nelson-Wong, E., Howarth, S. J. , Winter, D. A. , & Callaghan, J. P. (2009). Application of autocorrelation and cross-correlation analyses in human movement and rehabilitation research. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 39 (4), 287-295.

Nelson-Wong, E., Flynn, T. W. , & Callaghan, J. P. (2009). Development of Active Hip Abduction as a Screening Test for Identifying Occupational Low Back Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 39 (9), 649-657.

Recent Presentations

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J.P. Low Back Pain Development During Standing Predicts Future Clinical Low Back Pain in Previously Asymptomatic Individuals. World Congress on Biomechanics, Boston, MA, July 7, 2014.
 
Lachtman, D., Bartha, D., Beltran, M., Dominguez, D., Miller, S., Messerli, A., Davis, A.M., & Nelson-Wong, E. Concurrent Validity of Single and Dual Inclinometry with Motion Capture for Assessing Cervical Lateral Flexion Range of Motion. Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the American Society for Biomechanics, Estes Park, CO, April 12, 2014.

Davis, A.M., Brodie, A., Burgemeister, M., Conley, M., Greiner, E., Jargrove, J., Kernan, K.,  & Nelson-Wong, E. Is the Active Hip Abduction Test a valid assessment tool for lumbopelvic control in pregnant women? Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Las Vegas, NV, Feb 4, 2014.
Bourgeois, G., DeGrandis, C., Hamilton, N., Kirven, I., Pieratt, K., Thornton, W. & Nelson-Wong, E. Neuromuscular Strategies During Frontal Plane Movement in a Subgroup of Subjects with Low Back Pain: Implications of Poor Lumbopelvic Control. Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Las Vegas, NV, Feb 4, 2014.
 
Nelson-Wong, E., Bourgeois, G., DeGrandis, C., Hamilton, N., Kirven, I., Pieratt, K., Thornton, W. Lumbopelvic Control During Frontal Plane Motion and Hip Muscle Activation in Low Back Pain Cases versus Controls. American Society of Biomechanics, Omaha, NE, Sept 8, 2013
Seay, J. & Nelson-Wong, E. Biomechanical Factors Related to the Etiology of Low Back Pain. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, June, 2013 (Symposium).

Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., Ellison, N., and Nelson-Wong, E. Effect of Learning Preferences and Lecture Handouts on Student Performance. Teacher-Scholar Forum, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO, February, 2013.

Nelson-Wong, E., Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., and Ellison, N. Influence of Lecture Handout Completeness on Student Learning in a Physical Therapy Curriculum. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, January, 2013.

Gallant, P., Alexander, S., McClenahan, B., Dehmer, K., Ingvalson, S., Piatte, A., Poupore, K., Davis, A.M., Nelson-Wong, E. Does Combined Frontal and Sagittal Plane Assessment Improve Discrimination of People with Low Back Pain? Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January, 2013.

Poupore, K., Dehmer, K., Ingvalson, S., Piatte, A., Alexander, S., McClenahan, B., Gallant, P., Davis, A.M., Nelson-Wong, E. Muscle Activation During Frontal and Sagittal Plane Movement: Differences Between Patients with Low Back Pain and Matched Controls. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January, 2013.

Nelson-Wong, E., Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., and Ellison, N. Influence of Lecture Slide Completeness on Student Learning in a Biomechanics Course Within a Physical Therapy Curriculum. American Society of Biomechanics, Annual Meeting, Gainesville, FL., August, 2012.

Nelson-Wong, E., Benz, A., Bridge, P., Craig, K., Miller, J., Stobie, WM., and Davis, AM. Altered Neuromuscular Control During the Active Hip Abduction Test: A Case Control Study. Canadian Society for Biomechanics, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May, 2012.

Csepe D., Alex B., Lancaster D., Callaghan J.P., Nelson-Wong E. (February 10, 2012) Differences and Response to Exercise in Extensor Muscle Sequencing During Return to Stand from Lumbar Flexion in Subjects that Develop Low Back Pain During Standing, American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Stobie, W.M., Miller, J.A., Bridge, P.M., Craig, K.D., Benz, A.J., Davis, A.M., & Nelson-Wong, E. (2011). Muscle activation differences between people with and without low back pain during the Active Hip Abduction test: An exploratory study. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Nelson-Wong, E., Alex, B., Csepe, D., Lancaster, D., Callaghan, J.P. (August 12, 2011) Recruitment of Musculature During Extension From Full Trunk Flexion is Altered in People who Develop Low Back Pain During Prolonged Standing, American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Gallagher, K., Nelson-Wong, E., & Callaghan, J.P. (2011). Does the development of transient low back pain affect postural changes during prolonged standing? American Society of Biomechanics, Annual Meeting, Long Beach CA.

Appell, R.K., Nawaz, H., McKay, M., Roth, J., Sigler, R.L., Third, J.N., Walker, M.O., & Nelson-Wong, E. (2011). Muscle co-contraction about the ankle is associated with fall-risk in older adults. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Nelson-Wong, E., Howarth, S. J. , & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Acute Biomechanical Responses to a Prolonged Standing Exposure: Implications for Job Rotation Design. American Society of Biomechanics, Providence, Rhode Island.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Changes in Muscle Activation Patterns and Subjective Low Back Pain Ratings During Standing in Response to an Exercise Intervention. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, California.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Repeatability of Motor Control Patterns During Prolonged Standing In People With and Without Standing-Induced Low Back Pain. Canadian Society for Biomechanics, Kingston, Ontario.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). The impact of a sloped surface on low back pain and muscle activation patterns during standing work. Canadian Society for Biomechanics, Kingston, Ontario.

Nelson-Wong, E., Flynn, T. W. , & Callaghan, J. P. (2009). Active hip abduction: a proposed screening test for identification of low back pain developers. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nelson-Wong, E., Howarth, S. J. , Winter, D. A. , & Callaghan, J. P. (2009). Application of cross correlation analyses for the rehabilitation and movement scientist. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2009). Is Muscle Co-Activation a Predisposing Factor for Low Back Pain Development During Standing? American Society of Biomechanics, State College, Pennsylvania.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2009). Changes in Muscle Activation Patterns and Subjective Low Back Pain Ratings During Standing in Response to an Exercise Intervention. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, California.

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition
  • Nelson-Wong, E. Equipment for Synchronous Collection of Muscle Activation, Force Platform, and Motion Capture Data for Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement, Sponsored Projects and Academic Research Council (SPARC) Grant Program, $2,040, May 1, 2011-April 30, 2012
  • Nelson-Wong, E., Davis, A.M., Private, School of Physical Therapy Spine Grant Fund, $750, 2011