George T. Edelman MPT, OCS, MTC


George was born and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.  After graduating from the Hill School, George earned his bachelors degree at the University of Richmond, where he was a varsity athlete in both swimming and water polo.  While at Richmond, he set six school swimming records, two conference records and was voted Colonial Athletic Association Swimmer of the Year his senior year.

It was his participation in swimming and water polo that led George to a career of physical therapy.  During an ocean race at Zuma Beach in Malibu, George dislocated his left knee and underwent six months of physical therapy.  It was during this time that George developed a passion for physical therapy and decided to return to school.
In 1996, George earned a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the Institute of Physical therapy in St. Augustine, Florida.  The Institute of Physical Therapy, (now called the University of St. Augustine), is known throughout the world for its advancements in manual therapy and management of spinal disorders.  Upon graduation, George was honored with the first Paris – Patla Manual Therapy Award.

George moved to Tucson, Arizona and worked in a small physical therapy clinic that specialized in the management of spinal disorders.  It was under the tutelage of Phil Tygiel, PT that George was able to refine his skills.  While in Tucson, George earned a Manual Therapy Certificate from the University of St. Augustine, Florida.

In 2000, George and his wife Julia decided it was time to move closer to home and settled in Dover, Delaware.  George’s professional career has been thriving ever since.  He became active with the Delaware Physical Therapy Association (DPTA) and was appointed chair of the Payor Relations Committee.  He served as Vice President of the DPTA from 2007 to 2010 and was recently elected President of the DPTA for 2011-2014.  In October of 2005 George was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as one of 31 emerging leaders.

George is an adjunct professor for the University of Delaware’s physical therapy program.  He participates in their advanced orthopaedic class with emphasis on the spine and their sports elective course - offering his course on how the manage injuries in the swimming athlete.

He and his wife Julia are active with USA Swimming's Sports Medicine and Science Network.  In 2008 they were honored to receive USA Swimming's High Performance award. Together, they participated on a Sports Science Task Force for USA Swimming to develop programs for the “UN-injured” Swimmer.  In 2007 George was a keynote speaker at the USA Swimming National Convention and most recently George completed a project for USA Swimming regarding an active shoulder warm-up for competitive swimmers. George and Julia were honored to join the medical staff of USA Swimming for the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska in 2012 and 2016.  George and Julia continue to work with the US National Team on a yearly basis.  In addition to traveling with the National Team, George and Julia  worked with a task force of providers to develop a musculoskeletal screen for the Junior National Team to tease out underlying issues that may negatively impact performance.  The goal is to assist the swimming athlete to reach the podium! The screens were conducted in 2023 and 2024.  They were a big success.   George is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedics and one of Delaware’s premier spine therapists.


Licensure in Physical Therapy: State of AZ, DE
Board Certified: Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Masters in Physical Therapy: Institute of Physical Therapy
Manual Therapy Certificate (MTC):  University of St. Augustine
Bachelors: University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
Adjunct Instructor: Evaluation and Management of Spinal disorders, University of Delaware

American Physical Therapy Association: Orthopaedic & Private Practice Sections
Delaware Physical Therapy Association : Past President, Chair - Payer Relations Committee
American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT)
USA Swimming: Sports Medicine / Science Committee 2016-Present


George has been active with the swimming community, studying shoulder pain in the competitive swimmer.  He participated in the following projects, publications and on-line courses:

On-Line Swim Course for Healthcare Providers - Educata, 2016
Managing Shoulder Pain in the Swimming Athlete: 2016
Medical Care for Swimmers - Sports Medicine Open: July, 2016
Development and Validation of  a Swimmer's Functional Pain Scale - J. Swimming Research, 2015
Stability Is The Key - Swimmer Magazine, 2010
Biomechanics of Swimming- Athletic and Sport Issues in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, November of 2010
Dynamic Shoulder Warm-Up's for Competitive Swimmers April, 2009
Contributed to USA Swimming Sports Medicine Task Force - Shoulder Injury Prevention for the UN-Injured Swimmer, 2000


Managing Shoulder Pain in the Swimming Athlete - 3 hour lecture with additional 1 hour of prep material.  See PDF files below:

Case Study - Jettie
Pathway To Injury  
Swimming Functional Pain Scale
Medical Care for Swimmers
Sein - Shoulder Pain in Elite Swimmers
Rodeo - Clinical and Ultrasonographic Evaluations of Shoulders of Elite Swimmers

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Edelman Spine and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
99 Wolf Creek Blvd., Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 734-8000
Fax: (302) 734-0102