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Sandra S. Brotherton

Sandra Brotherton, PT, PhD

Sandra S. Brotherton, Ph.D., PT
Division of Physical Therapy
151-B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425

Office: B307

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  • Ph.D. Exercise Science, University of South Carolina (2002)
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology, University of South Carolina (2000)
  • Master in Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina (1991)
  • BS Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina (1978)

Areas of Teaching

  • Physical Therapy Interventions
  • Integumentary Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy for Older Adults
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Evidence Based Practice III and IV
  • Clinical Reasoning

Research Interests

  • Postural control in older adults and individuals with central and peripheral nervous system disorders
  • Balance and gait in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Outcomes following treatment interventions for individuals with open wounds

Recent Grants

  • January 2010 - December 2013  Co-Investigator
    Ambulation and Secondary Complications: Participants with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

    National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education

Recent Publications

  • Saunders L, DiPiro N, Krause J, Brotherton SS, and Kraft S. (2014). Pain and fatigue as mediators of the relationship between mobility aid usage and depressive symptomatology in ambulatory individuals with SCI. Spinal Cord. 52(4):316-21.
  • Saunders, LL, DiPiro N, Krause JS, Brotherton SS, Kraft S. (2013). Risk of fall related injuries among ambulatory participants with spinal cord injury. Topics Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.
  • Saunders LL, Krause JS, DiPiro ND, Kraft S, Brotherton SS. (2013). Ambulation and secondary complications related to devices after spinal cord injury. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 36: 652-659.
  • Brotherton SS, Saunders LL, Krause JS, Morrisette DC. (2013). Association between reliance on devices and people for walking and ability to walk community distances among persons with spinal cord injury. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 35: 156-161.

Recent Presentations

  • Brotherton S, Morrisette D, Spampinato MV. "History and clinical findings leading to a suspicion of ehlers danlos syndrome for an adolescent referred for treatment of headaches." American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) NEXT Conference and Exposition, June 2014. Charlotte, NC.
  • Saunders L, Krause J, DiPiro N, Brotherton S, Kraft S. "Ambulation and complications related to devices after spinal cord injury." Annual Conference of the APTA, June 2013. Salt Lake City, UT.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Inducted into Alpha Eta Honor Society, 2015

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