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

Andrew 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 (USC) in 2012. He then graduated from USC’s orthopedic residency program in 2013 and Washington University in St. Louis’ movement system fellowship in 2019. He is a regional mentor for Washington University in St. Louis’ movement system fellowship, and teaches nationally for Select Medical. 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. He has previously lectured for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry’s curriculum regarding musculoskeletal disorders and guest-lectures annually to the Doctor of Physical Therapy students in their summer session, regarding mechanisms underlying physical therapy. He has been involved clinical research to improve the understanding of underlying neurophysiologic mechanisms behind manual therapy interventions and is 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

  • 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.