Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy
Robert Landel

(323) 442-2912



Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155 Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:

Professional Interests

Rob Landel, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAPTA is Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, where he is the Director of the entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy program and Director of the Residency Programs. He established and was Director of the private practice of the Division, USC Physical Therapy Associates, and continues to treat patients there, primarily those with orthopedic, balance and vestibular disorders. He was the founding Director of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at USC; he continues to provide clinical mentorship and instruction to the residents.

Dr. Landel is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA, a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Manual Therapist. He has chaired the Orthopedic Specialty Council, responsible for developing and constructing the board certification exam in orthopedic physical therapy, and was chair of the Clinical Residency and Fellowship Credentialing Committee, which oversees residency and fellowship program credentialing for the APTA. He is a member of the APTA (Orthopedic and Neurologic Sections) and of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

With over 25 years of experience treating orthopedic, neurologic and vestibular patients, Dr. Landel has lectured and trained therapists and physicians in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Australia. Dr Landel has published on a variety of topics in orthopedics and in vestibular rehabilitation, and has received the Rose Excellence in Orthopedic Research Award and the Gould Excellence in Teaching Award from the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Doctor of Physical Therapy, 1996.
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; MS, Physical Therapy; 1984.
  • California State University, Long Beach; BS, Health Science with Community Health Education option, May, 1981.
  • Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA; AA, June, 1978.
Selected Publications

  • Landel R. Dizziness: A screening examination and differential diagnostic decision making process for physiotherapists. Physiotherapy Singapore. 2002;5(3):46-50.
  • Landel R, Hall C. The Thoracic Spine.. In: Hall C, Thein-Brody L, Therapeutic Exercise: Moving towards function. 2nd Ed. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkens., 2004. ISBN: 0-7817-4135-1.
  • Clendaniel RA, Landel R, Cervicogenic Dizziness. In: Herdman S, ed. Vestibular Rehabilitation. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis. Chapter manuscript submitted to editors.
  • Landel R: Treatment of cuboid syndrome: manual reduction via grade 5 mobilization (aka The cuboid whip). Orthop Pract, 17(3):37-38, 2005.
  • Landel R, Fisher B, Musculoskeletal considerations in the neurologically impaired patient. Orthopædic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America, 2(1):15–24, Mar 1993.
  • Kulig K, Powers CM, Landel RF, et al. Segmental lumbar mobility in individuals with low back pain: in vivo assessment during manual and self-imposed motion using dynamic MRI. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2007;8:8.
  • Beneck GJ, Kulig K, Landel RF, Powers CM. The relationship between lumbar segmental motion and pain response produced by a posterior-to-anterior force in persons with nonspecific low back pain. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Apr 2005;35(4):203-209.
  • Kulig K, Landel R, Powers CM. Assessment of lumbar spine kinematics using dynamic MRI: a proposed mechanism of sagittal plane motion induced by manual posterior-to-anterior mobilization. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Feb 2004;34(2):57-64.
  • Mascal CL, Landel R, Powers C. Management of patellofemoral pain targeting hip, pelvis, and trunk muscle function: 2 case reports. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Nov 2003;33(11):647-660.
  • Doubleday KL, Kulig K, Landel R. Treatment of testicular pain using conservative management of the thoracolumbar spine: a case report. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dec 2003;84(12):1903-1905.
  • Requejo SM, Barnes R, Kulig K, Landel R, Gonzalez DS. The use of a modified classification system in the treatment of low back pain during pregnancy: a case report.[see comment]. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Jul 2002;32(7):318-326.
  • Meyer J, Kulig K, Landel R. Differential diagnosis and treatment of subcalcaneal heel pain: a case report. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Mar 2002;32(3):114-122; discussion 122-114.
  • Bast SC, Vangsness CT, Jr., Takemura J, Folkins E, Landel R. The effects of concentric versus eccentric isokinetic strength training of the rotator cuff in the plane of the scapula at various speeds. Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases. 1998;57(3):139-144.
  • Powers CM, Landel R, Sosnick T, et al. The effects of patellar taping on stride characteristics and joint motion in subjects with patellofemoral pain. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Dec 1997;26(6):286-291.
  • Powers CM, Landel R, Perry J. Timing and intensity of vastus muscle activity during functional activities in subjects with and without patellofemoral pain. Physical Therapy. Sep 1996;76(9):946-955; discussion 956-967.