Wayne W. Rath, PT, Dip MDT
Vice President, Director of Continuing Education and Research services for Duffy-Rath Physical Therapy, P.C.

Wayne graduated from the Physical Therapy Program at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY in 1975. Wayne began his career at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ. He went into private practice in 1978, and has since been the co-founder of four thriving practices: Twin Boro Physical Therapy (originally in Roselle Park, NJ), Spine Center of New Jersey (now called the Spine and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Center: Raritan, NJ), Summit Physical Therapy (Syracuse, NY) and Duffy-Rath Physical Therapy (Syracuse, NY). Previously Wayne graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Sociology and Psychology in 1972.

Wayne’s current position is Vice President, Director of Continuing Education and Research services for Duffy-Rath Physical Therapy, P.C.

Wayne and Jean Duffy Rath are the sole owners of DRPT providing physical therapy diagnostic, treatment and consultative services for patients, musculoskeletal injury prevention throughout Central New York and across the country, health and wellness management services and continuing education workshops for licensed clinical and rehabilitation professionals. Wayne is frequently requested to speak and participate in national and international conferences regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of spine pain and cumulative/repetitive strain disorders and disability. He has published many papers and articles, written chapters in textbooks, provided national teleconferences and presented at grand rounds at a number of medical centers. He provides consultative services for private practices, medical centers and industries throughout the country. Jean and Wayne have recently published the first textbook in a 6-part series about the Duffy-Rath System, entitled: “The Duffy-Rath System: An Introduction”. The second text is in process of completion, addressing diagnosis, treatment and prevention of activity-related low back pain disorders and disability. Following will be texts regarding the upper back and neck, the upper limb, the lower limb, and chronic musculoskeletal pain and disability.


Current Affiliations:

Member American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopaedic Section
Member North American Spine Society
Member International Association for the Study of Pain


Past Positions:

Wayne W. Rath, PT, Dip MDT
Co-founder of three New Jersey Orthopaedic Study Groups; 1976 – 1981
Teaching assistant John Mc. Mennell, MD 1979 – 1984
Consultant, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation 1977 – 1985
Adjunct Instructor PT Program UMDNJ 1978 – 1985
Founding member, BOD and senior faculty McKenzie Institute 1982 – 1998
Co-founder, Vice President of the Orthopaedic Section of the NJ Chapter APTA 1979-1984
President, Twin Boro Physical Therapy, PC 1980 – 1984.
Co-founder, Vice President Spine Center of New Jersey 1984 – 1993
Clinical Assistant Professor, PT Program Thomas Jefferson University 1985 – 2000
Co-founder, Vice President of Summit Physical Therapy 1992 – 2001
Co-founder, President of Human Mechanical Wellness 1994 – 2005 (Absorbed into DRPT)
Instructor Mulligan Manual Therapy 1994 – 2000
Editorial Board, Journal of Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement 1998 – 2000



Wayne has received many awards and acknowledgements, including: Orthopaedic Section of the APTA for contributions to the development of this Board Specialty, Faculty of the Year, McKenzie Institute International, Wayne W Rath Award, McKenzie Institute U.S. for teaching excellence, ‘Best Practice’ award for prevention of musculoskeletal injuries (Carrier UTC), Center of Excellence, OSHA for prevention services for Lockheed Martin Corporation, MS2 (Syracuse, NY).

In 2004 Wayne was selected by his peers as one of the twenty most influential physical therapists in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (Schrupp RJ. Honoring our ‘giants’. Advance for PT & PTA, June 21, 2004: pp. 61-63).


The Duffy-Rath System: An Introduction

Read about it and buy it online here…

Paper and Presentations available for Download:

Lumbar Nerve Root Entrapment of Discal Origin – Philly 1997

Mechanical Low Back Pain in Pregnancy

NC APTA – Cervico-brachial Oct 05

Onset Study-General Data Sheet

PT Onsite in Industry Presentation – CSM 2006

Role of Manipulation in Prevention – CSM Feb 2002

APTA Pre-Conference 2013 Recalibrating Your Tools for MSD Prevention

Importance of Exercise and Activity – 2003

LBP Pregnancy 2000

Mechanical Low Back Pain in Pregnancy – MIPhilly 1997