Kory Zimney

Kory Zimney

Assistant Professor



Phone: (605) 658-6373

Email: Kory.Zimney@usd.edu

Website: https://koryzimney.blogspot.com/


Kory Zimney, PT, DPT is an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Department. He received his Master of Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1994. He completed his post-professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2010. Currently he is in the candidacy phase of the PhD Physical Therapy program at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Zimney is part of the Brain and Behavioral Research Center at the University of South Dakota and the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group conducting research specifically in the areas of pain neuroscience education and therapeutic alliance. He also provides teaching instruction as a Senior Faculty member with International Spine and Pain Institute in partnership with Evidence in Motion.

Teaching Interests:

Evidence Based Practice, Pain Neuroscience, Orthopedics (spine), Health Care Management/Leadership, Physical Agents

Research Interests:

Pain neuroscience education, Therapeutic alliance, Graded motor imagery


  • Post Professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, 2010
  • MS, Physical Therapy, University Of North Dakota, 1994
  • BS, Physical Therapy, University Of North Dakota, 1993

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Nebraska PT license, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
  • Certification in Applied Functional Science, Gray Institute
  • Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, International Spine and Pain Institute
  • APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor, APTA
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, APTA
  • South Dakota PT Licensure, South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
  • Iowa PT License, IA PT/OT Board of Examiners


  • Single Subject Examination of Brain Activity of a Patient with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome before and after Neuroscience Education, School of Health Sciences Research Seed Grant, (2014 - 2016)


  • Diversity and Inclusiveness: An Interprofessional Cultural Encounter, USD SHS Diversity, Inclusivity and Cultural Awareness (DICA) Committee. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2018 - Present)
  • Correlation of Trust and Outcomes following Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain, Iowa Physical Therapy Foundation. (2017 - Present)
  • Use of video eyewear to promote self-awareness and reflective perspective-taking following patient care learning scenarios, USD Health Affairs Medical Informatics Committee. (2015)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, Reed, Jordan, Landers, Merrill, and Puentedura, Emilio. Immediate Preoperative Outcomes of Pain Neuroscience Education for Patients Undergoing Total Knee Arthroplasty: a case series., 1-11. Vol. epub ahead of print. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2018. (DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1455120)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Podolak, Jessie, Zimney, Kory, Schmidt, Steve, and Puentedura, Emilio J.. Can Pain Beliefs Change in Middle School Students? A Study of the Effectiveness of Pain Neuroscience Education, 542-550. Vol. 34, Iss. 7. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2018. (DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2017.1423142)
  • Ness, Brandon, Sudhagoni, Ramu, Tao, Hanz, Full, Olivia, Seehafer, Lucas, Walder, Chelsie, and Zimney, Kory. The reliability of a novel heel-rise test versus goniometry to assess plantarflexion range of motion., 19-27. Vol. 13, Iss. 1. Int J Sports Phys Ther, 2018.
  • Ness, Brandon, Zimney, Kory, and Schweinle, William. Analysis of gauntlet test performance and injury risk in intercollegiate Division I female soccer players: a retrospective study, 536-543. Vol. 26, Iss. 6. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2017.
  • Louw, Adriaan, Puentedura, Emilio, Zimney, Kory, Cox, Terry, and Rico, Debra. The Clinical Implementation of Pain Neuroscience Education: A Survey Study, 869-879. Vol. 33, Iss. 11. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2017. (DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2017.1359870)
  • Zimney, Kory, Wassinger, Craig A., Goranson, James, Kingsbury, Tarkington, Kuhn, Taylor, and Morgan, Sarah. The reliability of card-based and tablet-based left/right judgment measurements.. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 2017.
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, Johnson, Eldon A., Kraemer, Chris, Fesler, Justin, and Burcham, Tyler. De-educate to re-educate: aging and low back pain, 1-9. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 2017.
  • Fercho, Kelene A., Baugh, Lee A., Louw, Adriaan, and Zimney, Kory. Pain neuroscience education effect on pain matrix processing in an individual with complex regional pain syndrome: a single-subject research design. Edited by Meeus, Mira; Lundberg, Mari, e583. Vol. 2, Iss. 1. Pain Reports, 2017. (DOI: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000583)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, and Landers, Merrill. Assessing posture in the individual with fibromyalgia, what's the value?, 15-23. Vol. Winter 2017, Iss. 42. Pain and Rehabilitation: The Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, 2017.
  • Louw, Adriaan, Diener, Ina, Landers, Merrill R., Zimney, Kory, and Puentedura, Emilio J.. Three-year follow-up of an RCT comparing preoprative neuroscience education for patients undergoing surgery for lumbar radiculopathy, 298-298. Vol. 2, Iss. 4. International Journal of Spine Surgery, 2016.
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, Landers, Merrill, Luttrell, Mark, Clair, Bob, and Mills, Joshua. A Randomised Controlled Trial of "Clockwise" Ultrasound for Low Back Pain, 7. Vol. 72, Iss. 1. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 2016.
  • Louw, Adriaan, Puentedura, Emilio "Louie" J., and Zimney, Kory. Teaching patients about pain: It works, but what should we call it?, 328-331. Vol. 32, Iss. 5. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2016. (DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2016.1194669)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, and Puentedura, Emilio. Retention of pain neuroscience knowledge: a multi-centre trial. Edited by Professor Leigh Hale, 93-98. Vol. 44, Iss. 2. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 2016. (DOI: DOI: 10.15619/NZJP/44.2.05)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, O'Hotto, Chrsitine, and Hilton, Sandra. The clinical application of teaching people about pain. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2016. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2016.1194652)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, Puentedura, Emilio J., and Diener, Ina. The efficacy of pain neuroscience education on musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review of the literature. Vol. 32, Iss. 5. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2016. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2016.1194646)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Puentedura, Emilio J., Zimney, Kory, and Schmidt, Stephen. Know Pain, Know Gain? A Perspective on Pain Neuroscience Education in Physical Therapy, 131-134. Vol. 46, Iss. 3. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapay, 2016. (DOI: doi:10.2519/jospt.2016.0602)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Puentedura, Emilio J., and Zimney, Kory. A Clinical Contrast: Physical Therapists with Low Back Pain Treating Patients with Low Back Pain, 562-567. Vol. 31, Iss. 8. Physiotherapy and Practice, 2015. (DOI: 10.3109/09593985.2015.1062944)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, and Louw, Colleen. Why Are My Nerves So Sensitive?, 82. Story City, IA: International Spine and Pain Institute, 2014.
  • Zimney, Kory. Moving Past the Normalization Heuristic to Unravel the Mystery of Pain, 2. Vol. 1, Iss. 4. Phys Med Rehabil Int, 2014.
  • Zimney, Kory, Louw, Adriaan, and Puentedura, Emilio J.. Use of Therapeutic Neuroscience Education to address Psychosocial Factors Associated with Acute Low Back Pain: A Case Report, 202-209. Vol. 30, Iss. 3. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2014. (DOI: 10.3109/09593985.2013.856508)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Farrell, Kevin, Zimney, Kory, Feller, Kyle, Jones, Carly, Martin, Bailey, Rettenmeier, Meghan, Theisen, Megan, and Wedeking, David. Pain and Decreased Range of Motion in Knees and Shoulders: A Brief Sensory Remapping Intervention, 20-30. Iss. 43 (Summer 2017). Pain and Rehabilitation.
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, Cox, Terry, O'Hotto, Chris, and Wassinger, Craig. The Experiences and Beliefs of Patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: An Exploratory Survey Study, 1-15. Vol. 0, Iss. 0. Chronic Illness. (DOI: 10.1177/1742395317709329)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Puentedura, Emilio, Zimney, Kory, and Cox, Terry. Which Pain Neuroscience Education Metaphor Works Best?. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Awards and Honors:

  • Outstanding Service Award, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, 2017
  • USD School of Health Sciences Faculty Research Achievement, USD School of Health Sciences, 2017
  • The Harry E. Settles Contributor of the Year Award, USD Physical Therapy Program, 2013


  • Wassinger, Craig, McGrath, Jennifer, Clayton, Ansel, Bourassa, Michael D., King, Patricia M., Zimney, Kory. Consensus No More! Proposed Addendum to the ASSET Consensus Guidelines for Anterior Capsulolabral Repair and Rotator Cuff Repair. Presented at the 26th Annual ASSET Meeting, Chicago, IL. (October 11, 2019)
  • Zimney, Kory. Pain Neuroscience Education - Helping patients understand why they hurt. Presented at the 2018 CBBRe Research Symposium, Muenster University Center. (August 9, 2018)
  • Zimney, Kory, Louw, Adriaan, Johnson, Julie, Peppers, Susan, Farrell, Kevin. Effects of Pain Neuroscience Education on Physician Assistant Students Understanding of Pain and Attitudes and Beliefs about Pain. Presented at the Eastern South Dakota Research Symposium, Sioux Falls, SD. (May 30, 2018)
  • Ness, Brandon, Sudhagoni, Ramu, Tao, Hanz, Zimney, Kory, Full, Olivia, Seehafer, Lucas, Walder, Chelsie. The reliability of a novel heel rise test versus goniometry to assess plantarflexion range of motion. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting 2018, New Orleans, LA. (February 2018)
  • MacCabe, Angela, Ekstrom, Richard, Bloom, Steven, Tobin, Kelsey, Zimney, Kory. The ratio of muscle strength between external/internal rotation and flexion/extension of the shoulder measured with a Cybex isokinetic unit compared to a 10-repetition maximum using a pulley system. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX. (February 17, 2017)
  • Louw, Adriaan, Zimney, Kory, Schmidt, Steve. Words That Harm and Words That Heal in the Front Office. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX. (February 17, 2017)
  • Zimney, Kory, Ness, Brandon, Laufmann, Spencer, Muehler, Melissa, Sarringar, Tyler. Reliability and Norms of Pressure Pain Threshold Testing in Healthy Subjects Lateral Wrist Extensor Muscles. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX. (February 16, 2017)
  • Zimney, Kory, Schmidt, Steve. Graded Motor Imagery. Presented at the ISPI Clinical Conference, Minneapolis, MN. (June 24, 2016)
  • Ness, Brandon, Zimney, Kory, Schweinle, William. Gauntlet Test Performance and Injury Risk in Collegiate Female Soccer Players. Presented at the XXV International Conference of Sport Rehabilitation and Traumatology. Football Medicine Strategies: Return to Play, London, United Kingdom. (April 9, 2016)
  • Zimney, Kory, Jordre, Becca, Inglis, Lisa, Peterson, Alexandria, Way, Adam, Richey, Jillissa, Ebke, Whitney. Utilization of Sensory Discrimination Training for Improving Balance and Function in an Older Adult: A Case Report. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA. (February 18, 2016)
  • Zimney, Kory. Pain is Not a Thing: Moving Your Patient Through a Pain Experience with Therapeutic Neuroscience Education. Presented at the National Student Conclave, Omaha, NE. (October 23, 2015)
  • Karges, Joy, Berg-Poppe, Patti, Gilkerson, Susan, Webster, Kendra, Nissen, Ranelle, Zimney, Kory. Examining Relationships Between Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapy Students' Belongingness and Perceived Competence in the Clinic Using the Ascent to Competence Scale. Presented at the 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis IN. (February 6, 2015)
  • Zimney, Kory, Puentedura, Louis. Neuroscience of Neurodynamics. Presented at the ISPI Clinical Conference, Minneapolis, MN. (June 21, 2014)
  • Zimney, Kory. Use of Therapeutic Neuroscience Education to Address Psychosocial Factors Associated with Acute Low Back Pain: A Case Report. Presented at the NEXT Conference, Charlotte, NC. (June 2014)
  • Zimney, Kory, Ekstrom, Richard, Byrnes, Eric, Hill, Jessica, Sousek, Zac. The Effects of Ischemic Compression and Massage on Pain Pressure Threshold in subjects with Muscle Trigger Points in the Shoulder Girdle. Presented at the SHS Research Day, Vermillion, SD. (March 28, 2014)
  • Zimney, Kory. The Neuroscience of Pain. Presented at the Interprofessional Health Symposium: Know Pain or No Gain, Dubuque, IA. (February 15, 2014)
  • Zimney, Kory, Louw, Adriaan. Successfully Treating CRPS: A Clinical Application Course. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. (February 3, 2014)