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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Nicholas Cooper

nick cooper

Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy

Health Sciences Center
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52804


Dr. Cooper teaches kinesiology, differential diagnosis, and research related material. He is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and his clinical practice is focused on helping individuals with low back pain and chronic pain conditions.

His research interests include the role of therapeutic exercise to improve function in those with low back pain.

Download Dr. Cooper's CV (pdf)


PhD, University of Iowa
Rehabilitation Science

DPT, University of Iowa
Physical Therapy

BSE, University of Iowa
Chemical Engineering

Courses Taught

Kinesiology & Biomechanics
Issues in Research II
Differential Diagnosis

Noteworthy Publications

Cooper NA, Rakel BA, Zimmerman MB, Tonelli SM, Herr K, Clark CR, Noiseux NO, Callaghan JJ, Sluka KA (2017). Predictors of Multidimensional Functional Outcomes after Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

Cooper NA, Scavo KM, Strickland KJ, Tipayamongkol N, Nicholson JD, Bewyer DC, Sluka KA (2016). Prevalence of Gluteus Medius Weakness in People with Chronic Low Back Pain Compared to Healthy Controls. European Spine Journal. Vol 25(4):1258-65.

Liebano RE, Vance CG, Rakel BA, Lee JE, Cooper NA, Marchand S, Walsh DM, Sluka KA (2013). Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and Conditioned Pain Modulation Influence the Perception of Pain in Humans. European Journal of Pain. Vol 17(10):1539-46.

Tonelli SM, Rakel BA, Cooper NA, Angstrom WL, Sluka KA (2011). Women with Knee Osteoarthritis Have More Pain and Poorer Function than Men, but Similar Physical Activity Prior to Total Knee Replacement. Biology of Sex Differences. Vol 2:12.

Rakel B, Cooper N, Adams HJ, Messer BR, Frey Law LA, Dannen DR, Miller CA, Polehna AC, Ruggle RC, Vance CG, Walsh DM, Sluka KA (2010). A New Transient Sham TENS Device Allows for Investigator Blinding While Delivering a True Placebo Treatment. Journal of Pain. Vol 11(3):230-8.

Professional Organizations

American Physical Therapy Association
Iowa Physical Therapy Association
American Pain Society