Donnelly, Joseph

Joseph M. Donnelly, PT, DHS, OCS

Joseph M. Donnelly


Clinical Professor and Director, Postprofessional Programs


Dr. Joe Donnelly is a Clinical Professor and Director of Postprofessional Education in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Donnelly is a founding member of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Director of the Orthopaedic, Neurologic and Cardiovascular/ Pulmonary Residency programs and the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical therapy. He received his Doctor of Health Science Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and his Master of Science in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY.

He has over 30 years of clinical experience in the area of orthopaedics and manual physical therapy. He has been a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy for 25 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings.

Dr. Donnelly’s current teaching responsibilities include Clinical Reasoning, Pain Sciences, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction for both the DPT and Postprofessional Programs. He also teaches orthopaedic and manual therapy examination, evaluation and management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions. He also lectures and teaches the skill of trigger point dry needling.

His scholarship efforts are focused in the area of myofascial pain and dysfunction on movement impairments. He is the Editor of the third edition of the Travell and Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. He has presented nationally integrating clinical reasoning, pain sciences and myofascial pain and dysfunction.

He is active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr Donnelly is currently the President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. He also serves as a member of the manipulation and dry needling work groups for the APTA.


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