School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy

Richard Ekstrom

Richard Ekstrom
Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences
UMS Lee Med/Sanford School of Medicine 311
Phone: 605-658-6368
I have worked in a variety of work settings related to physical therapy. Work settings include hospitals, nursing homes, home care, private practice and academia.
Teaching Interests:
Therapeutic exercise, musculoskeletal physical therapy, differential diagnosis
Research Interests:
therapeutic exercise, EMG analysis of muscle function, and ultrasound imaging of musculoskeletal structures
  • Doctor of Science, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2001
  • MS, Anatomy, University of Minnesota, 1977
  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota, 1970
  • Use of video eyewear to promote self-awareness and reflective perspective-taking following patient care learning scenarios, USD Health Affairs Medical Informatics Committee, (2015)
  • Ekstrom, R., Osborn, R., Exercises for the Trunk, Shoulder, Hip, and Knee: Electromyographic Evidence, Churchill Livingstone, iss. 4, pp. 673-702.
  • Ekstrom, R., Osborn, R., (2012), Electromyographic normalization procedures for determining exercise intensity of closed chain exercises for the quadriceps femoris muscles, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, vol. 26, iss. 3, pp. 766-771. (DOI: March, 2012)
  • Ekstrom, R., Osborn, R., (2012), Measurement of Supraspinatus Muscle Contraction Using Ultrasound Imaging, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, vol. 42, iss. 1, p. A8.
  • Ekstrom, R., Osborn, R., (2011), Muscle Length Testing and Electromyographic Evidence for Manual Strength Testing and Exercises for the Shoulder, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, iss. 5th, pp. 329-349.
Awards and Honors:
  • Hall of Fame Contributor Award , South Dakota Physical Therapy Association, 2003