David Nissenbaum MPT, MA, LAT, OCS, PES, TPI-1, CIDN


David Nissenbaum received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. He became a certified athletic trainer that same year. David went on to obtain his Masters in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995. After that, he worked as the head athletic trainer at Blackburn College from 1995-1997. He then returned to Madison to obtain a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. David is board certified in Orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Prior to opening PRO Physical Therapy in 2016, he served as director of outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinic for 12 years.   


David’s approach to treating patients utilizes a hands-on, manual therapy-based approach. He treats in a very dynamic manner specific and individualized to each patient. His focus is on neuromuscular control and interaction between body parts. With a noted background in biomechanical and functional assessment and treatment, David looks for the “cause” of the problem. His rehabilitation strategies use “cutting edge treatment.”   


David’s expertise is in evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. In addition to serving as the PT for the Madison Ballet, David has experience working with high school, collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes. He is trained in working with athletes of every level in rehabilitation, injury prevention, and performance enhancement. Areas of interest include utilization of manual therapy in treatment, sports medicine, and prevention of injuries and functional rehabilitation. David has completed over 500 hours in continuing education courses to help his patients succeed.

Dry Needling

David is trained in dry needling therapy and has completed 3 dry needling courses (totaling over 80 hours of training). He has been utilizing dry needling as a treatment option for over 3 years. Dry Needling, when coupled with traditional physical therapy methods, has yielded great success. This therapy is conducted with a small, sterile needle that is inserted into an active muscle trigger point in order to elicit a “twitch response”. This results in alleviation of muscle pain and dysfunction.


David is also trained in the Astym® technique. This treatment is a form of soft tissue therapy, which regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and removes unwanted scar tissue. This scar tissue is often found to be causing pain or movement restrictions. David has treated using Astym® for over 8 years.


David is an active member of several professional organizations. These include: The American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Training Association, Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association, Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Assocation, and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists.     


David lives in Middleton with his wife Jill (also a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer) and their two daughters. He enjoys various forms of exercise, including biking, basketball and golf. In addition, his community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Madison Ballet, and serving as a volunteer coach for his daughter’s basketball teams.