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Steven Heffner, DC, DipMDT
Director of Spinal Rehabilitation
Laurel Health System
Wellsboro, PA

About Steven Heffner, DC, DipMDT

Dr. Steven L. Heffner has been a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician licensed in the state of Pennsylvania for over 20 years. He finished his diplomate training in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in 1997. Dr. Heffner is the director of spinal rehabilitation and work hardening at the Laurel Health System in Wellsboro, PA. He is a contributing author concerning MDT of the spine in four separate spinal rehabilitation clinical textbooks. He has been on the MIUSA Board of Directors for six years and part of its Executive Committee for three years.


1. Chapter. McKenzie Protocol of the Spine. Rehabilitation of the Spine, Volume 2, due out fall of 2004.

2. Chapter. McKenzie Protocol Assessment. Lumbar Spine Rehabilitation, due out fall of 2004.

3. Chapter. McKenzie Protocol Treatment. Lumbar Spine Rehabilitation, due out fall of 2004.

4. McKenzie Protocol in Cervical Spine Rehabilitation. Conservative Management of Cervical Spine Rehabilitation. McGraw Hill, 1998.

5. McKenzie Paradigm in Spinal Rehabilitation. Spinal Rehabilitation, Appleton and Lang, 1998.

6. DC vs. PT. McKenzie Institute USA Journal, Fall 1998.

7. Dip. Diary. McKenzie Institute USA Journal, Summer 1998.

8. X-ray Reliability in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, A Chiropractor's Viewpoint. McKenzie Institute USA Journal, Winter 1997.

9. Is Passive Testing of the SI Joint Reliable? McKenzie Institute USA Journal, Spring 1996.

10. Is Palpation Reliable? A Chiropractor's Viewpoint. McKenzie Institute USA Journal, Spring 1995.

11. Piriformis Syndrome. McKenzie Journal, Fall, 1995.

Case Studies
1. Chronic Migraine Headaches. A Case Study, McKenzie Institute USA Journal, Winter, 1997.

Published Literature Reviews
1. Quebec Task Force on Whiplash Associated Disorders. Spine (1995; 20:1S), McKenzie Institute USA Journal, Winter 1997.

2. How to Distinguish Painful Disc Problems with Select Abnormalities. The BackLetter (Vol. 10 #8, Aug.95). The McKenzie Journal, Winter 1997.

3. Treatments for Low Back Pain: Have They Proven Effective? Journal of Back And Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. The McKenzie Journal, Winter 1997.

4. Physical Limitations of Assessing Work Capacity. The Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. (1995:107-113).

5. Work Hardening for Sub-acute Back Injured Workers, Carol Lacroix, Work Journal of Prevention Assessment and Rehabilitation, McKenzie Journal, Fall 1996.

6. Long Term Study of Mental Stress, Low Back Pain: Can A High Level of Mental Stress Be A Determining Factor of Disability Resulting in Low Back Pain and Other Musculoskeletal Disorders? Spine Letter, Line 2, #9, Sept. 1985.

7. Reliability in Evaluating Passive Intervertebral Motion, Gonnella, Physical Therapy Vol. 62:4, April 82. 1995. McKenzie Newsletter, Vol. 3# 1, Spring 1995.

8. Intertester Reliability of Selected Clinical Tests of the SI Joint, Potter, et. al. Physical Therapy Vol. 65: #11, Nov. 85, The McKenzie Newsletter, Vol. 3 #1, Spring 1995.

9. Reliability in Clinical Arhtrometrics. The Australian Journal of Physical Therapy, Vol. 31: #5, 1985. The McKenzie Newsletter, Vol. 3: #1, Spring, 1995.

10. Early Mobilization of Acute Whiplash Injuries, Mealy, et. al. British Medical Journal Vol. 292, March 8, 1986, The McKenzie Newsletter, Summer, 1995.

Articles Written by Steven Heffner, DC, DipMDT

McKenzie Method for Spinal Stenosis

Treatment of spinal stenosis may include the McKenzie Method. The practitioner teaches you how to walk in a slightly forward flexed position so low back pain doesn't prevent you from walking longer distances; a common problem with spinal stenosis.

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