Prof. Leonid Kalichman

Prof. Leonid Kalichman Profile

Associate Professor
Pt, PhD


Department : Recanati School for Community Health Professions
Physical Therapy
Room : 225
בנין דייכמן למקצועות הבריאות - M8
Phone : 972-8-6479549
Email :
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Bachelor of Physical Therapy (BPT)


PhD (direct program)

Department of Physical Therapy, The Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. 1995


Department of Anatomy and Anthropology, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. 2005

Thesis: Intrinsic factors in development of hand osteoarthritis.

Advisors: Prof. Zvi Livshits, Prof. Yair Ben David (Eugene Kobyliansky).

Research Interests

  • Myofascial pain
  • Manual therapy
  • Musculoskeletal medicine
  • Spinal disorders
  • Musculoskeletal imaging

Research Topics

  • Role of myofascial pain in musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Spinal pathologies: association between imaging and clinical symptoms.
  • Physical therapy of common musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Role of telomere length in skeletal ageing. 

Publications and funding summary / representative publications and grants

  • Kalichman L, Li L, Kim DH, Guermazi A, Berkin V, O’Donnell CJ, Hoffmann U, Cole R, Hunter DJ. Facet joint osteoarthritis and low back pain in the community-based population. Spine 2008; 33(23):2560-5.
  • Kalichman L, Cole R, Kim DH, Li L, Suri P, Guermazi A, Hunter DJ. Spinal stenosis prevalence and association with symptoms: The Framingham Study. The Spine Journal 2009; 9(7):545-560.
  • Kalichman L, Vered E, Volchek L. Relieving Symptoms of Meralgia Paresthetica with Kinesio Taping Application: Pilot study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010; 91:1137-1139. 
  • Sahshua A, Flecher S, Avidan L, Ofir D, Malayev A, Kalichman L. The Effect of additional ankle and midfoot mobilizations on plantar fasciitis: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 2015; 45(4): 265-272 

    Existing collaborations

    • Deborah Alperovitch-Najanson, BGU/TAU - Work related musculoskeletal disorders in nurses.
    • Aharon Finestone TAU - Myofascial pain: evaluation and treatment.
    • Eugene Kobyliansky, TAU - Telomere length and skeletal ageing.
    • Ella Been, K. Ono College - Spinal curves in norm and pathology. 


    Suggested multi-disciplinary research project / research focus topics

    • Methods of evaluation and treatment of myofascial pain.
    • Pathoanatomical and pathophysiological basis of myofascial pain.

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