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Roy H Bechtel
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Roy H Bechtel P.T., Ph.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor (adjunct Faculty I I)
Primary Appointment: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
rbechtel@som.umaryland.edu
Location: AHB 240C
Phone: 410.706.4544
Phone: 410.328.7725 (Frenkel Bldg - PT Outpatient Clinic)
Fax: 410.706.6387

Personal History:

Roy Bechtel, PhD, PT, is an Assistant Professor with research interests in four areas: 1) creation of a model of the pelvic joints which will allow insight into how these joints interact with spine and lower extremity function; 2) mechanical characterization of the ligaments of the sacroiliac joint and spine; 3) histological investigation of the sacroiliac ligaments to determine the presence, type and quantity of sensory receptors; and 4) investigation of the surface topology of the sacroiliac joints to define the role of surface interactions in guiding motion at these joints. Dr. Bechtel has supervised several Bachelor's level research projects, one of which resulted in submission of a paper for publication. Dr. Bechtel will train ARRTP doctoral students in use of the Instron™ mechanical testing system, histologic methods for identification of sensory receptors, data collection and analysis, and methods of computer modeling of biomechanical processes.

Research Interests:

1) creation of a model of the pelvic joints which will allow insight into how these joints interact with spine and lower extremity function

2) mechanical characterization of the ligaments of the sacroiliac joint and spine;

3) histological investigation of the sacroiliac ligaments to determine the presence, type and quantity of sensory receptors

4) investigation of the surface topology of the sacroiliac joints to define the role of surface interactions in guiding motion at these joints.


Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

 

Benjamin, S., Flood, J., Bechtel, R. and Alon, G. (2007) Measurement of soft tissue temperature and impedance following the application of transdermal direct current. Physiotherapy 93: 114-120.

Bechtel, R., Cleland, J., and Smith, B. (2006) Researchers and Clinicians: A Growing Divide or Narrowing Gap? J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 36(7):451–461.

 

*Benjamin, S., Flood, J. and Bechtel, R. (2005) Isokinetic testing prior to and following anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery: a pilot study.  Isokinetics and Exercise Science 13(2): 159-162.

 

*Bechtel, R. (2001) Physical characteristics of the axial interosseous ligament of the human sacroiliac joint.  The Spine Journal 1(4): 255-259.

 

* Bechtel, R. & Caldwell, G. (1994) The influence of task and angle on torque production and muscle activity at the elbow.  J Electromyog and Kines 4(4): 195-204.

 

* Herzenberg, J.E., Scheufele, L.L., Paley, D., Bechtel, R., & Tepper, S. (1994) Knee  range of motion in isolated femoral lengthening. Clin Orthop and Related Res, 301, 49-54.

 

* Colangelo, G.A., Hobart, D.J., Belenky, M.M. & Bechtel, R. (1991) Elbow angle during a simulated task requiring fine psychomotor control". Journal of Dental Education 55(12), 785-788.

 

Books


Flood, J.N., Bechtel, R., and Benjamin, S. (in Press) “Rehabilitation after artificial disc replacement: an evidence-based guide”.  Otter Rock Press.