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Venu Akuthota, MD


Venu Akuthota, MD

Vice Chair and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Medical Director
   The Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital

Contact

   Office Phone:  303-724-1264
   Appointment Phone:  720-848-1980
   Fax:  720-848-2019 

Affiliations
   CU Sports Medicine
   University of Colorado Hospital

Board Certifications
   Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Pain Medicine,
   Sports Medicine

Dr. Venu Akuthota is Vice Chair, Associate Professor, and Pain Fellowship Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Colorado School of Medicine.  He is quadruple board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Pain Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Dr. Akuthota is the author of more than 50 publications, author/editor of two textbooks, and has spoken and chaired various national and regional conferences.  He is a founding senior editor of the journal PM&R and and is currently a board member of the North American Spine Society and Musculoskeletal Council Chair for the American Academy of PM&R.

He offers expertise in the aggressive non-surgical management of low back and neck injuries through sports medicine and injection techniques and is currently the principal investigator on a non-operative lumbar spinal stenosis trial.

Dr. Akuthota currently also serves as a team physician for University of Colorado Buffaloes and University of Denver Pioneers with the CU Sports Medicine Program.

Interests

Dr. Akuthota's primary research interests include the sacroiliac joint and using exercise to combat low-back injuries.

Research Activites

"Cadaveric and Fluoroscopic Anatomy of Sacral Dorsal Rami,”  & “Specificity of Sacral Dorsal Rami Blocks,”  Principal Investigator, 1998-1999, supported by the Research Enrichment Program for Physiatrists (NIDDR), $5000

Bob Doctor Research Grant, Epidural Steroid Injection versus Epidural Steroid  Injection and Physical Therapy in the Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis; a Randomized Clinical Trial.  $6,500; Awarded:  2008

APTA grant, Epidural Steroid Injection versus Epidural Steroid  Injection and Physical Therapy in the Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis; a Randomized Clinical Trial.  $50,000; Awarded:  2009 [Principal Investigator: V. Akuthota]

Medical Degree: Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine

Residency: Northwestern University/ Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Fellowship: Spine and Sports Medicine- Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Bibliography (*Original Research)

 

Peer-reviewed Articles

1. Green D, Akuthota V, Eiken M, Feinglass J, Fuller S, Hwang C, Kim L, Stanos S, Steinberg D, Walsh-McMonagle D. "Prevention of Thromboembolism in Stroke Rehabilitation Patients,” Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation; 5(2): 68-74, 1998 *

2. Akuthota V, Lento P, Sowa G. “Pathogenesis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Pain: Why Does an Asymptomatic Stenotic Patient Flare?” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 14: 17-28, 2002

3. Lento P, Akuthota V. “Meniscal Injuries: A Critical Review.” Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 15: 55-62, 2002

4. Akuthota V, Nadler S. “Core Strengthening.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85: S86-92, 2004

5. Nadler S, Chou L, Toledo S, Akuthota V, Drake D. “General Considerations for Sports and Performing Arts Medicine.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85: S48-51, 2004

6. Akuthota V, Chou L, Drake D, Nadler S, Toledo S. “Shoulder and Elbow Overuse Injuries in Sports.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85: S52-58, 2004

7. Chou L, Akuthota V, Drake D, Toledo S, Nadler S. “Lower Limb Injuries in Endurance Sports.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85: S59-66, 2004

8. Drake D, Nadler S, Chou L, Toledo S, Akuthota V. “Traumatic Injuries in Sports.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85: S67-71, 2004

9. Toledo S, Nadler S, Norris R, Akuthota V, Drake D, Chou L. “Issues Relating to Musicians.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85: S72-74, 2004

10. Toledo S, Akuthota V, Drake D, Nadler S, Chou L. “Issues Relating to Dancers.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85: S75-78, 2004

11. Plastaras C, Rittenberg J, Rittenberg K, Press J, Akuthota V. “Comprehensive Runner’s Evaluation.” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 16 (3): 623-649, 2005

12. Hoch A, Pepper M, Akuthota V. “Stress Fractures and Knee Injuries in Runners.” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 16(3): 749-777, 2005

13. Akuthota V, Plastaras C, Lindberg K, Tobey J, Press J, Garvan C. “The Effect of Long Distance Cycling on Ulnar and Median Nerves: An Electrophysiologic Evaluation of Cyclist Palsy.” American Journal of Sports Medicine, 33 (8): 1224-1230, 2005 *

14. Pepper M, Akuthota V, McCarty E. “The Pathophysiology of Stress Fractures.” Clinics in Sports Medicine, 25 (1): 1-16, 2006.

15. Chang V, Gonzalez P, Akuthota V. “Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with adjunctive analgesics.” The Spine Journal, 8(1): 21-7, 2008.

16. Akuthota V, Ferreiro A, Moore T, Fredericson M. “Core Stability Exercise Concepts.” Current Sports Medicine Reports, 7(1): 39-44, 2008

17. Sorosky S, Stilp S, Akuthota V. “Yoga and pilates in the management of low back pain.” Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med, 1: 39-47, 2008

18. Gonzalez P, Pepper M, Sullivan W, Akuthota V. “Confirmation of Needle Placement Within the Piriformis Muscle of a Cadaveric Specimen Using Anatomic Landmarks and Fluoroscopic Guidance.” Pain Physician, 11:3:327-331, 2008 *

19. Fasen J, O’Connor, Sullivan S, Plastaras C, Garvin C, Watson J, Akuthota V. “A randomized controlled trial of hamstring stretching: a comparison of four techniques" has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 23(2):660-667, 2009 *

20. Schenkman M, Jordan S, Akuthota V, Roman M, Kohrt W, Hearty T, Cleary C, Backstrom K. “Functional Movement Training for Recurrent Low Back Pain: Lessons from a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.” PM&R, 1( 2):137-146, 2009*

21. Smuck M, Rosenberg J, Akuthota V. “Point/counterpoint:The Use of Epidural Corticosteroids for Cervical Radiculopathy: An Interlaminar Versus Transforaminal Approach.” PM&R, 1( 2):178-184, 2009

22. Gonzalez P, Laker SR, Sullivan W, Harwood JE, Akuthota V. “The Effects of Bethamethasone on Blood Glucose in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus.” PM&R 1(4): 340-345, 2009.*

23. Patel AT. Robinson L. Akuthota V. Utility of proximal nerve conduction studies. Pm & R. 1(3):277-80, 2009 Mar.

24. Akuthota V, Argoff C, Watters W. “Point Counterpoint. Reviews and guidelines: The case of lumbar epidural steroid injections.” PM&R (6), 2009

25. Kaufman M, Saint Phard D, Sherman A, Akuthota V. "Double Trouble: A Case Report of Concomitant Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome and Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome." Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 19(3):238-40, 2009 May

26. Brand ES. Ky P. Christo PJ. Standaert CJ. Akuthota V. Debating "interventions" for chronic axial low back pain. PM R. 1(10):964-72, 2009 Oct.

27. S Garcia M. Foley B. Akuthota V. Single-specialty versus multispecialty group employment. PM & R. 1(9):878-80, 2009 Sep.

28. Aspergen D, Enebo B, Miller M, Akuthota V, Hyde T, Cox J.“ Functional scores and subjective responses of injured workers with back or neck pain treated with chiropractic care in an integrative program: a retrospective analysis of 100 cases.” Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics. 32(9):765-71, 2009 Nov-Dec.

29. Maslowski E, Sullivan W, Harwood J, Gonzalez P, Kaufman M, Vidal A, Akuthota V. The Diagnostic Validity of Hip Provocation Maneuvers to Detect Intra-Articular Hip Pathology. PM R 2010; 2:174-181

 

Books and monographs

1. Akuthota V, Harrast MA, editors. “Running Injuries,” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, Elsevier, August 2005.

2. Akuthota V, Herring S, editors. “Nerve and Vascular Injuries in Sports Medicine,” Springer, 2009

 

Book chapters and Non Peer-reviewed Articles

1. Akuthota V, Chou L, Press J: “Electrodiagnostic Testing in Runners,” In: Textbook of Running Medicine , ed. Francis O’Connor, MD, and Robert Wilder, MD, McGraw-Hill, 2001

2. Akuthota V, Willick S, Harden R. The Adult Spine: A Practical Approach to Low Back Pain. In: Rucker K, Cole A, Weinstein S, eds. Low Back Pain: A symptom-based approach to diagnosis and treatment. Woburn, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2001:15-42

3. Chou L, Press J, Akuthota V: “Pronator Syndrome,” In: The 5-Minute Sports Medicine Consult, ed. Mark D. Bracker, MD, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2001

4. Akuthota V, Stilp S, Lento P: “Iliotibial Band Syndrome,” In: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, ed. Julie Silver, MD and Walter Frontera, MD, Hanley and Belfus, 2002

5. Lento P, Akuthota V: “Meniscal Injuries,” In: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , ed. Julie Silver, MD and Walter Frontera, MD, Hanley and Belfus, 2002

6. Lento P, Akuthota V: “Collateral Ligament Sprain,” In: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , ed. Julie Silver, MD and Walter Frontera, MD, Hanley and Belfus, 2002

7. Akuthota V, Tobey J. “Electromyography,” In: Sports Medicine: Examination and Board Review , ed. Francis O’Connor, MD, Robert Salis, MD, Robert Wilder, MD, Patrick St. Pierre, MD. McGraw Hill, 2005

8. Akuthota V, Tobey J. “Principles of Electrodiagnosis,” In: Sports Medicine: Just the Facts , ed. Francis O’Connor, MD, Robert Salis, MD, Robert Wilder, MD, Patrick St. Pierre, MD. McGraw Hill, 2005

9. Rittenberg J, Press J, Ross A, Akuthota V. “Spine Problems.” In: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for Active Older Adults , ed. Kevin Speer, MD. Human Kinetics, 2005.

10. Gonzalez P, Akuthota V. “Acupuncture for Spinal Pain.” Special Feature in SpineLine, March/April 2005

11. Tyburski M, Akuthota V. “Motorized Lumbar Traction Devices: What’s the Evidence?” Special Feature in SpineLine, November/December 2006

12. Aspergen D, Akuthota V. “The Spine in Sports.” In: Conservative Management of Sports Injuries , 2nd edition, ed. Thomas Hyde and Marianne Gengenbach. Jones and Bartlett, 2007

13. Akuthota V, Tobey J. “Developmental and Functional Anatomy of the Thoracic Spine.” In: Interventional Spine- An Algorithmic Approach , 1st edition, ed. Curtis Slipman, 2008

14. Lento P, Akuthota V: “Meniscal Injuries,” In: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , 2nd edition, ed. Walter Frontera, Julie Silver, and Thomas Rizzo, Saunders, 2008

15. Lento P, Akuthota V: “Collateral Ligament Sprain,” In: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , 2nd edition, ed. Walter Frontera, Julie Silver, and Thomas Rizzo, Saunders, 2008

16. Akuthota V, Stilp S, Lento P, Gonzalez P: “Iliotibial Band Syndrome,” In: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , 2nd edition, ed. Walter Frontera, Julie Silver, and Thomas Rizzo, Saunders, 2008

17. Akuthota V, Maslowski E. “Causes of Numbness and Tingling in Athletes.” In: Nerve and Vascular Injuries in Sports, ed. Venu Akuthota and Stan Herring, published 2009

18. Akuthota V. “Nerve and Vascular Diagnostic Tests,” In: Nerve and Vascular Injuries in Sports, ed. Venu Akuthota and Stan Herring, published 2009

19. White B, Gonzalez P, Malanga G, Akuthota V. “Physical Examination of the Peripheral Nerves and Vasculature,” In: Nerve and Vascular Injuries in Sports, ed. Venu Akuthota and Stan Herring, published 2009

20. Bravman J, Mejia H, Patel VV, Akuthota V. “Lumbar Radicular and Referred Pain in the Athlete” In: Nerve and Vascular Injuries in Sports, ed. Venu Akuthota and Stan Herring, published 2009

 

Scientific Abstracts

Competitive

1. Akuthota V, Deluca K, Sliwa J. “Subacute Motor Neuronopathy in a Patient with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: Case Report,” Poster Presentation for 1999 AAPMR Annual Assembly, November, 1999, Washington, D.C. Abstract in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

2. Dreyfuss P, Akuthota V. “Specificity of Sacral Dorsal Rami Blocks,” International Spinal Injection Society Annual Scientific Meeting Syllabus, September 8, 2000, supported by the Research Enrichment Program for Physiatrists *

3. Akuthota V, Dreyfuss P, Willard F, Carriero J. “Cadaveric and Fluoroscopic Anatomy of Sacral Dorsal Rami,” International Spinal Injection Society Annual Scientific Meeting Syllabus, September 8, 2000, supported by the Research Enrichment Program for Physiatrists *

4. Akuthota V, Lindberg K, Press J, Plastaras C. “Ulnar and Median Nerve Conduction Studies in Endurance Cyclists,” June 1, 2002 Oral Presentation to the American College of Sports Medicine 48th Annual Meeting. Abstract in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 34:5: 1224, 2002.

5. Villoch C, Lento P, Akuthota V. “An Unusual Case of a Young Individual with Spontaneous Tibialis Anterior Tendon Rupture: A Case Report,” February 2002, Poster Presentation at Association of Academic Physiatrists, Las Vegas, Nevada

6. D’Ambrosia C, Akuthota V, Tobey J, Sullivan W. “Cluneal neuropathy: Case report and cadaveric correlation.” October 8, 2004, Poster Presentation at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly. Abstract in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

7. Laker S, Akuthota V. “Epidural lipomatous and corticosteroids: A fine line between benefit and exacerbation.” October 27, 2005, Poster Presentation at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly. Abstract in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

8. Gonzalez P, Akuthota V. “The prevalence of low back pain in recreational distance runners.” June 1, 2006, Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine Denver, Colorado. Abstract in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Volume 38:5, 2006

9. Laker S, Sullivan W, Akuthota V. “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a Complication of Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection.” March 1, 2006, Poster presentation at Association of Academic Physiatrists, Daytona, Florida. Abstract in American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85 (3): 281, 2006.

10. Enebo B, Sherwood D, Aspergen D, Akuthota V. “Lower Back Pain and Movement Efficiency in a Dynamic Coordination Task.” September 15, 2006, platform presentation at the Conference on Chiropractic Research, Chicago, Illinois.

11. Maslowski, E, Akuthota V, Gonzalez P, Harwood J, Kaufman M, Sullivan W. “Provocation Tests to Detect Intra-Articular Hip Pain.” November 2008, poster presentation, AAPM&R

12. Reed M, Donnelson R, Dreseinger T, Akuthota V, Prather H, Frank L, Herring S, Press J, Schofferman J. “Perioperative Physical Therapy: Spine Surgeons’ Perspective,” Best paper platform presentation at North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, November 11, 2009, San Francisco, California

13. Akuthota V, Abbott A, Nair K, Reid R. “Characteristics of Spinal Injection Ultilization.” Platform presentation at North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, October 8, 2010, Orlanda, Florida

 

Noncompetitive

14. Akuthota V, Prather H, Willick S. “Posterior Knee Pain and Numbness in a Runner- A Case of Neurolemoma of the Common Peroneal Nerve,” June 4, 1999, Oral Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 46th Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. Abstract in Medicine and Science in Sport

15. Willick SE, Akuthota V, Press J. “Posterior Thigh Pain- Tennis,” June 3, 1999, Oral Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 46th Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. Abstract published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. (31) 5 S292, May 1999.

16. Lento, P, Akuthota V. “Confusion in a Marathoner,” May 31, 2002 Oral Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 48th Annual Meeting. Abstract in Medicine and Science in Sports 34:5: 1224, 2002.

17. Kaufman M, Saint Phard D, Sherman A, Akuthota V, May 31, 2007, Oral Presentation at American College of Sports Medicine 53rd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. Abstract in Medicine and Science in Sports ,2007.

 

Letters to the Editor

1. Aspergen D, Tyburski M, Akuthota V. "Letter to the Editor: Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Progressive Lumbar Disk Injury, Spondylolisthesis, and Spondyloptosis", Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2006.

 

Educational Publications:

1. Phelan A, Gittler M, Akuthota V. 2005 Self Assessment Examination for Practitioners (SAE-P): Rehabilitation of Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Disorders. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86 (No 3) Supplement 1: 77-79.

2. Acupuncture for Spinal Pain Brochure. Published by North American Spine Society, 2006, developed by Peter Gonzalez and Venu Akuthota

3. AAPM&R Pain Case of the Month: Bilateral Calf Pain, on-line at www.aapmr.org, 2007, developed by Marla Kaufman and Venu Akuthota

4. Phelan A, Akuthota V, Kelly B, Nelson V, Shih V. 2007 Self Assessment Examination for Practitioners (SAE-P): Industrial Medicine and Acute Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88 (No 3) Supplement 1: 40-44.

5. Maslowski E, Akuthota V. Shoulder, on line at www.disaboom.org, 2008

6. Maslowski E, Akuthota V. Sciatica, on line at www.disaboom.org, 2008

7. Electrodiagnostic Testing. Published by North American Spine Society, 2009, developed by Kevin Berry and Venu Akuthota