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In 1984 Wayne & Jean were recruited by the medical director at Ethicon, Inc in NJ. They were able to successfully treat a group of carpal tunnel cases that had not responded to previous conservative care and ergonomic intervention – all were heading for surgery. The key to success was starting at the neck – every case had a cervical component that was missed. This was their start to onsite physical therapy services in industry – word spread. Our focus from the start was rapid resolution with a focus to prevention of recurrence through active patient care.
Over the course of providing treatment at Ethicon two clear patterns emerged: 1) diagnostic groups were consistent (low back, neck/shoulder and wrist/hand were predominant); and 2) every patient had warning signals prior to needing treatment. DRS was given the green light to redesign a failed exercise break program – they did based upon training exercise leaders and employees to recognize the warning signals and how to specifically control (i.e., Tools To Fight Back®). The program was a tremendous success – word spread. This was the start of our transition from treatment to prevention. Other companies requested DRS services.
In 1996 Wayne & Jean began providing onsite PT services for Carrier in Syracuse, NY. At first, they only provided treatment services, but Jean was able to convince operations senior management that many of the employees seen for treatment only needed interactive education and training at their workstation. They didn’t have an actual MSD, just warning signals – the issue could be resolved with 1-on-1 advice and counseling.
Jean took charge, organized the whole program, trained staff to be prevention leaders and the program had a major effect on injury rates and severity. DRS was given an ESH Excellence Award, and a leading OSHA attorney reviewed the program calling it the “most innovative practice in ergonomics he had ever seen”. Demand for the program spread within Carrier. DRS has progressively expanded to many companies since, helping tens of thousands of employees through ‘word of mouth’ marketing only.
DRS consists of a great, dedicated group of physical therapy and ergonomic experts – illustrated are some of these uniquely talented professionals. Reach out to Wayne or Jean if you have further interest in learning more about becoming a DRS prevention leader. As the request for DRS services expands, the network of trained physical therapists expands – we have many therapists across the country looking for the opportunity to join the team. DRS also has the capability of expanding worldwide through contacts and associations made over the years.
Jean is the CEO and Director of Prevention Services for Duffy-Rath Physical Therapy. The DRS program is her brainchild. She pioneered the different components of our prevention service, training of the PT Prevention Leaders and the expansion of the program throughout North America.
Jean graduated from the PT Program at the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. She was on the founding Board of Directors for the McKenzie Institute USA, a faculty member, and the first editor of the McKenzie Newsletter. She has provided adjunct faculty services at several PT schools, an invited lecturer at many national and international conferences, and currently provides an annual lecture to the PT students at Columbia University on office ergonomics.
Jean and Wayne have founded three private practices together, founded Human Mechanical Wellness, Inc. (now merged with DRPT), published many articles related to diagnosis, treatment, prevention and outcome assessment for musculoskeletal disorders and disability.
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Wayne graduated from the PT Program at Downstate Medical Center – SUNY in 1975. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and disability. He co-founded his first private practice in 1979; Twin Boro Physical Therapy. Jean and Wayne joined forces in 1984 and founded the Spine Center of New Jersey, then lured to Syracuse in 1993 where they founded Summit Physical Therapy, and ultimately established Duffy-Rath Physical Therapy in 2001. He was an adjunct faculty member in the PT Program at UMDNJ/ Kean College, Clinical Assistant Professor in the PT Program at Thomas Jefferson University and is currently an annual guest lecturer at Columbia University.
In 1982, Wayne helped Robin McKenzie form the McKenzie Institute. He joined the original board of directors, was a leading senior faculty member and instrumental to the growth of the organization nationally and internationally until his departure in 1998. He was a teaching assistant to John Mennell, MD and instrumental to introducing Brian Mulligan to North America and Europe. He has received several awards for teaching excellence and has provided countless lectures, workshops and seminars worldwide. In 2015, he made the final transition from his treatment practice to the DRS prevention program. He is currently Director of Ergonomics, Research and Continuing Education.