Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy/
Director, Spine Physical Therapy Fellowship
1640 Marengo Street, HRA 102, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Dr. Justin Lantz has a dual appointment an assistant professor of clinical family medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine. He is also the current director of the USC Spine Physical Therapy Fellowship program. Dr. Lantz operates as a practicing clinician at the Health Sciences Campus Faculty Practice and is recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).
Dr. Lantz specializes in treating orthopedic populations of all ages with an interest in spinal disorders. He is an active member of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy of the APTA, American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and North American Spine Society (NASS). He is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor for physical therapy clinical education and currently functions as a clinical mentor for the USC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.
To further promote interdisciplinary relationships and learning between medical and physical therapy students at USC, he is involved in both clinical and academic teaching at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Lantz has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals and presented at state, national, and international level conferences with a special research interest in post-surgical rehabilitation outcomes for spine surgery relating to pain, function, and quality of life leading to development of evidenced based guidelines for rehabilitation following spine surgery with tissue healing considerations.
- Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
- Doctor of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University, 2012
- Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University, 2009
- Lantz JM, Yamada KA, Hah RJ. Tarlov cysts in a female with lumbar pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.2018 Feb; 48 (2):121.
- Lantz JM, Emerson-Kavchak AJ, Mischke JJ, Courtney CA. Tibiofemoral mobilization in the successful management of patellofemoral pain syndrome: A case report. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2016;11:3.
- Lantz JM, Joshi SV, O’Hearn M. The effects of orthopedic manual physical therapy in the management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis: A case report. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016 Winter; 28 (4):490-7.
National Conference Presentations
- Lantz JM. Physical Therapy in the Management of Spinal Disorders: Lumbar Spine. Main Podium Presentation. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 2019.
- Lantz, JM, Tsai J, Hah RJ. The Effects of a Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion followed by an Early Initiated Physical Therapy Program. Poster Presentation. APTA Annual Combined Sections Meeting, Washington, D.C, 2019.
- Lantz JM, Tsai J, Hah RJ. The Use of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy in an Early Initiated Physical Therapy Program Following a Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. Poster Presentation. AAOMPT Annual Conference, Reno, NV, 2018.
- Lantz JM. Physical Therapy in the Management of Spinal Disorders. Main Podium Presentation. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802. 2018
- Lantz, JM, Tsai J, Hah RJ. The Effects of a Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion followed by an Early Initiated Physical Therapy Program. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther2019;49(1): CSM63–CSM153. doi:10.2519/jospt.2019.49.1. CSM63.
- Lantz JM, Tsai J, Hah RJ. The Use of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy in an Early Initiated Physical Therapy Program Following a Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. Accepted; Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.