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)


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.

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

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)

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.