Andrew Piraino, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, PES

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Faculty Profile

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy

Contact

(323) 442-2900
apiraino@pt.usc.edu

Mailing Address

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

Professional Interests

Dr. Piraino is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy and a faculty member for the orthopedic physical therapy residency. Dr. Piraino earned his doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Southern California in 2012. He then graduated from USC’s orthopedic residency program in 2013 and completed Washington University in St. Louis’s movement system fellowship in 2019. He is a regional mentor for Washington University in St. Louis’ movement system fellowship and USC’s orthopaedic residency program and teaches nationally. Dr. Piraino is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedics, a member of the APTA’s orthopaedic, education, and research sections, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Dr. Piraino specializes in the treatment of orthopaedic conditions across the lifespan and is a senior physical therapist with Houston Methodist in Friendswood, Texas. He has previously lectured for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC’s curriculum regarding musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Piraino also guest lectures annually to the doctor of physical therapy students in their summer session, regarding mechanisms underlying physical therapy. He has been involved in clinical research to improve the understanding of underlying neurophysiologic mechanisms behind manual therapy interventions and is the author of a monograph for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

Education

  • Movement System Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2019
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency, University of Southern California, 2013
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, 2012
  • Bachelors of Arts, Psychology, Western Washington University, 2005

Selected Publications

  • Devarakonda RN, Piraino A. Case report: The effects of a physical therapy program on functional outcomes in a COVID-19 survivor: A case report. Int J Phys Ther Rehabil. 2021;7(170). doi: 10.15344/2455-7498/2021/170.
  • Piraino A., Frontiers in Orthopaedic Science: The Science of Neuromuscular Healing. La Crosse, WI: Orthopaedic Section, APTA; 2017.
  • Fisher BE, Piraino A., Lee YY, et al. The effect of velocity of joint mobilization on corticospinal excitability in individuals with a history of ankle sprain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016;46(7):562-570. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2016.6602.