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Ruth L. Chimenti, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Contact Information

Primary Office
1-243 MEB
Iowa City, IA 52242


BA, Spanish, Emory University
DPT, Physical Therapy, Washington University
PhD, University of Rochester School of Nursing

Licensure and Certifications

Physical Therapist #078910 - Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Professional Licensure (Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy)


Dailey, D. L., Vance, C. G., Rakel, B. A., Zimmerman, M. B., Embree, J., Merriwether, E. N., Geasland, K. M., Chimenti, R. L., Williams, J. M., Golchha, M., Crofford, L. J. & Sluka, K. A. (2019). A Randomized Controlled Trial of TENS for Movement-Evoked Pain in Women with Fibromyalgia. Arthritis Rheumatology, [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31738014.

Dilger, C. P., Chimenti, R. L. (2019). Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy. (Vols. 24). (3), pp. 505-513. Foot and Ankle Clinics. DOI: 10.1016/j.fcl.2019.04.004.

Chimenti, R. L., Stover, D. W., Fick, B. S. & Hall, M. M. (2019). Percutaneous Ultrasonic Tenotomy Reduces Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy Pain With High Patient Satisfaction and a Low Complication Rate. Journal of ultrasound in medicine: official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, 38(6), 1629-1635. PMID: 30280399.

Chimenti, R. L., Frey Law, L. A. & Sluka, K. A. (2018). A mechanistic approach to pain management: Applying the biopsychosocial model to physical therapy. Body In Mind (Blog post) https://bodyinmind.org/mechanistic-pain-management-biopsychosocial-model/.

Merriwether, E. N., Frey-Law, L. A., Rakel, B. A., Zimmerman, M. B., Dailey, D. L., Vance, C. G., Golchha, M., Geasland, K. M., Chimenti, R. L., Crofford, L. J. & Sluka, K. A. (2018). Physical activity is related to function and fatigue but not pain in women with fibromyalgia: Baseline analyses from the Fibromyalgia Activity Study with TENS (FAST). Arthritis Research and Therapy, 20(1). PMID: 30157911.

Chimenti, R. L., Frey-Law, L. A. & Sluka, K. A. (2018). A mechanism-based approach to physical therapist management of pain. Physical Therapy, 98(5), 302-314. PMID: 29669091.

Martin, R. L., Chimenti, R. L., Cuddeford, T., Houck, J., Matheson, J. W., McDonough, C. M., Paulseth, S., Wukich, D. K. & Carcia, C. R. (2018). Clinical Practice Guidelines: Achilles pain, stiffness, and muscle power deficits: Midportion achilles tendinopathy revision 2018. (Vols. 48). (5), pp. A1-A38. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2018.0302.

Vance, C. G., Chimenti, R. L., Dailey, D. L., Hadlandsmyth, K., Zimmerman, M. B., Geasland, K. M., Williams, J. M., Merriwether, E. N., Munters, L. A., Rakel, B. A., Crofford, L. J. & Sluka, K. A. (2018). Development of a method to maximize the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation intensity in women with fibromyalgia. Journal of Pain Research, 11, 2269-2278. PMID: 30349353.

Chimenti, R. L., Van Dillen, L. R. & Khoo-Summers, L. (2017). Use of a Patient-Specific Outcome Measure and a Movement Classification System to Guide Nonsurgical Management of a Circus Performer with Low Back Pain: A Case Report. Journal of dance medicine & science: official publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, 21(4), 185-192. PMID: 29166989.

McMahon, J. M., Chimenti, R. L., Trabold, N., Fedor, T., Mittal, M. & Tortu, S. (2017). Risk of Intimate Partner Violence and Relationship Conflict Following Couple-Based HIV Prevention Counseling: Results From the Harlem River Couples Project. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(24), 3709-3734. PMID: 26319710.

Chimenti, R. L., Cychosz, C. C., Hall, M. M. & Phisitkul, P. (2017). Current Concepts Review Update: Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy. Foot and Ankle International, 38(10), 1160-1169. PMID: 28789557.

Merriwether, E. N., Rakel, B. A., Zimmerman, M. B., Dailey, D. L., Vance, C. G., Darghosian, L., Golchha, M., Geasland, K. M., Chimenti, R. L., Crofford, L. J. & Sluka, K. A. (2017). Reliability and construct validity of the patient- reported outcomes Measurement information system (PROMIS) instruments in women with fibromyalgia. Pain Medicine (United States), 18(8), 1485-1495. PMID: 27561310.

Chimenti, R. L., Bucklin, M., Kelly, M., Ketz, J., Flemister, A. S., Richards, M. S. & Buckley, M. R. (2017). Insertional achilles tendinopathy associated with altered transverse compressive and axial tensile strain during ankle dorsiflexion. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 35(4), 910-915. PMID: 27306527.

Chimenti, R. L., Flemister, A. S., Tome, J., McMahon, J. M. & Houck, J. R. (2016). Patients with insertional achilles tendinopathy exhibit differences in ankle biomechanics as opposed to strength and range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 46(12), 1051-1060. PMID: 27796197.

Chimenti, R. L., Forenza, A., Previte, E., Tome, J. & Nawoczenski, D. A. (2016). Forefoot and rearfoot contributions to the lunge position in individuals with and without insertional Achilles tendinopathy. Clinical Biomechanics, 36, 40-45. PMID: 27209257.

Chimenti, R. L., Chimenti, P. C., Buckley, M. R., Houck, J. R. & Flemister, A. S. (2016). Utility of Ultrasound for Imaging Osteophytes in Patients with Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(7), 1206-1209. PMID: 26740063.

Chimenti, R. L., Flemister, A. S., Ketz, J., Bucklin, M., Buckley, M. R. & Richards, M. S. (2016). Ultrasound strain mapping of Achilles tendon compressive strain patterns during dorsiflexion. Journal of Biomechanics, 49(1), 39-44. PMID: 26655590.

Bah, I., Kwak, S. T., Chimenti, R. L., Richards, M. S., Ketz, J. P., Samuel Flemister, A. & Buckley, M. R. (2016). Mechanical changes in the Achilles tendon due to insertional Achilles tendinopathy. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 53, 320-328. PMID: 26386166.

Chimenti, R. L., Tome, J., Hillin, C. D., Flemister, A. S. & Houck, J. (2014). Adult- Acquired flatfoot deformity and age-related differences in foot and ankle kinematics during the single-limb heel-rise test. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 44(4), 283-290. PMID: 24568257.

Chimenti, R. L., Flemister, A. S., Tome, J., McMahon, J. M., Flannery, M. A., Xue, Y. & Houck, J. R. (2014). Altered tendon characteristics and mechanical properties associated with insertional achilles tendinopathy. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 44(9), 680-689. PMID: 25103130.

Chimenti, R. L., Van Dillen, L. R., Prather, H., Hunt, D., Chimenti, P. C. & Khoo-Summers, L. (2013). Underutilization of Worker's compensation insurance among professional orchestral musicians. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 28(1), 54-60.

Barske, H., Chimenti, R. L., Tome, J., Martin, E., Flemister, A. S. & Houck, J. (2013). Clinical outcomes and static and dynamic assessment of foot posture after Lateral column lengthening procedure. Foot and Ankle International, 34(5), 673-683. PMID: 23637235.

Chimenti, R. L., Scholtes, S. A. & Van Dillen, L. R. (2013). Activity characteristics and movement patterns in people with and people without low back pain who participate in rotation-related sports. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 22(3). PMID: 23295458.