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1. Donelson R. Rapidly Reversible Low Back Pain: an Evidence-based Pathway to Widespread Recoveries and Savings. Hanover, NH: SelfCare First, LLC, 2007.

Book Chapters:

1. Donelson R. Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, in The Lumbar Intervertebral Disc, Eds: Phillips F, Lauryssen C, New York, NY: Thieme Medical, 2008.

2. Heffner S, McKenzie R, Donelson, R. McKenzie Protocols for Mechanical Assessment of the Low Back. Chapter 15, in Low Back Syndromes: Integrated Clinical Management, Ed. Craig Morris, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 2006.

3. Donelson RG, McKenzie RA. Mechanical Assessment and Treatment of Spinal Pain. Chapter 87, The Adult Spine: Principles and Practice. Ed: J Frymoyer, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1996.

4. Donelson RG, McKenzie RA: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for Low Back Pain: Toward a Better Understanding. Chapter 17, The Lumbar Spine (2nd Edition). Ed. S Weisel, W.B. Saunders Company, 1996.

5. Masten TD, Donelson RG: The McKenzie Approach to Patient Classification: A Physician’s Perspective; Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America, 193-208, June 1995.

6. Donelson RG, McKenzie RA: Mechanical Assessment and Treatment of Spinal Pain. Chapter 76, The Adult Spine: Principles and Practice. Ed: J Frymoyer, Raven Press, 1991.

7. Donelson R: Conservative Care of the Low Back: The McKenzie Approach, Chapter in: Conservative Care of Low Back Pain, eds: AH White, R Anderson; pp 97-105, Williams & Wilkins Publishers, 1990.

Peer-Review Publications:

1. Dionne C, Herbowy S, Miller M, Smith S, Donelson R: Effect of REPEX in Patients with Low Back Pain. Manuelle Therapie, 8:3-9, 2004.

2. Long A, Donelson R, Fung T: Does it Matter Which Exercise? A Randomized Controlled Trial of Exercise for Low Back Pain. Spine 29:2593-2602, 2004.

3. Udermann B, Mayer J, Donelson R, Graves J., Murray S: Combining Lumbar Extension Training with McKenzie Therapy: Effects on Pain, Disability, and Psychosocial Functioning in Chronic Low Back Pain Patients. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Journal 3:7-12, 2004.

4. Udermann B, Spratt K, Donelson R, Mayer J, Graves J, Tillotson J. Can a Patient Educational Book Change Behavior and Reduce Pain in Chronic Low Back Pain Patients? The Spine Journal, 4:425-35, 2004.

5. Marley J, Donelson R: Case Study of the Month: Management of Acute Sciatica and Lateral List. SpineLine, North American Spine Society, July 2003.

6. Wetzel T, Donelson R: The Role of Mechanical Assessment in the Management of Symptomatic Lumbar Discs. The Spine Journal, 3:146-154, 2003.

7. Mayer T, Polatin P, Smith B, Gatchel R, Fardon D, Herring S, Smith C, Donelson R, Wong D: Spine Rehabilitation: Secondary and Tertiary Nonoperative Care. The Spine Journal, 3(3S): 28S-36S, 2003.

8. Ordway N, Seymour R, Donelson R, Hojnowski L, Edwards WT: Cervical Flexion, Extension, Protrusion and Retraction. A Radiographic Segmental Analysis. Spine 24:240-7, 1999.

9. Donelson R, Aprill CA, Medcalf R, Grant W: A Prospective Study of Centralization of Lumbar and Referred Pain: a Predictor of Symptomatic Discs and Anular Competence. Spine 22:11122, 1997.

10. Ordway N, Seymour R, Donelson R, Hojnowski L, Lee E, Edwards WT: Cervical Sagittal Range-Of-Motion Analysis Using Three Methods: Cervical Range-Of-Motion Device, 3-Space, and Radiography. Spine 22:501-8, 1997.

11. Trief PM, Donelson RG: The Potential Impact of the Workers Compensation System on Quality of Life Outcomes: a Clinical Analysis. J Occupational Rehab. 5:185-193, 1995.

12. Mayer TG, Polatin P, Smith B, Smith C, Gatchel R, Herring SA, Hall H, Donelson RG, Dickey J, English W: Contemporary Concepts in Spine Care: Spine Rehabilitation, Secondary and Tertiary Nonoperative Care. Spine 20:2060-2068, 1995.

13. Rosenbaum AE, Yu S, Szeverenyi N, Yuan HA, Donelson RG, Mills CM, Fredrickson B: MR Discography: a Comparison with CT Discography and Cryomicrotome. Neuroradiology 33[Suppl]:5-7, 1991.

14. Donelson R, Grant W, et.al.: Pain Response to Sagittal End-Range Spinal Motion: A Multi-Centered, Prospective, Randomized Trial. Spine 16:S206-212, 1991.

15. Donelson R, Silva G, Murphy K: Centralization Phenomenon: Its Usefulness in Evaluating and Treating Referred Pain, Spine 15:211-213, 1990.

16. Donelson R, Tomaiuoli M: Intra-Articular Dislocation of the Patella, J Bone and Joint Surgery, 61-A, 1979.

Invited Publications:

1. Donelson R. Is Your Client’s Back Pain “Rapidly Reversible”? Improving Low Back Care at its Foundation. Professional Case Management 13:87-96, 2008.

2. May S, Donelson R. Evidence-Informed Management of Chronic Low Back Pain with the McKenzie Method. The Spine Journal 8:134-41, 2008.

3. Donelson R, Sahrmann S, Prather H: Therapeutic Exercise: Which Method is Best for Lumbar Radiculopathy? SpineLine, North American Spine Society, ISSN 1531-4111, Burr Ridge, IL, 15-21, March- April, 2007.

4. Managing Low Back Pain: The Initial Evaluation. The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. 455-62, September 2004.

5. Evidence-Based Low Back Pain Classification: Improving Care at its Foundation. Europa Medicophysica 40:37-40, 2004.

6. Guest Editorial: The Natural History of Low Back Pain. The American Back Society Newsletter, p.5, 2002.

7. Die McKenzie Methode fur diegGehandlung von Ruckenschmerzen, Teil 1: Mechanishe Untersuchung und Classifizierung, Manuelle Medizin, 39:337-343, 2001.

8. Die McKenzie Methode fur diegGehandlung von Ruckenschmerzen, Teil 2: Reliabilitat, Diagnostiische Fahigkeit und Behandlungsergebnisse, Manuelle Medizin, 39:344-50, 2001.

9. McKenzie Methods of Care for Mechanical Low Back Pain: Part 1: Mechanical Assessment and Classification, M?decine Orthop?dique, April 2000.

10. McKenzie Methods of Care for Mechanical Low Back Pain: Part 2: Assessment Reliability, Diagnostic Power, and Treatment Outcomes, M?decine Orthop?dique, April 2000.

11. Mechanical Assessment of Low Back Pain. J. of Musculoskeletal Medicine, May 1998.

12. Point of View. A review of: Long A: The Centralization Phenomenon: its Usefulness as a Predictor of Outcome in Conservative Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain. Spine 20, 1995.

13. Point of View. A review of: Pearson ND, Walmsley RP: Trial Into the Effects of Repeated Neck Retractions in Normal Subjects. Spine 20(11):1245-1251, 1995.

14. Donelson R: Identifying Appropriate Exercises for Your Low Back Pain Patient. J. of Musculoskeletal Medicine, December 1991.

15. Donelson R: The McKenzie Approach to Evaluating and Treating Low Back Pain. Ortho Rev:19(8), pp 681-686, 1990.


1. Donelson R. Evidence-Based Low Back Care? British Medical Journal 332:0-a, 2007.

2. Donelson R. Letter-to-the-Editor re. Bouter L, Pennick V, Bombardier C. Cochrane Back Review Group, Spine 28:1215-8, 2003. Spine 595-6, 2004.

3. Donelson R. Letter-to-the-Editor re. Re: Koes B, van Tulder M, Ostelo R, et al. Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Low Back Pain in Primary Care: An International Comparison, Spine 26:2504- 14, 2001. Spine 27:1590-1, 2002.

4. Donelson RG: Letter to the Editor re. van Tulder M, Malmivaara A, Esmail R, et al. Exercise Therapy for Low Back Pain, Spine 25(21):2784-96, 2000; Spine 26(16):1827-9, 2001.

5. Donelson R, Letter to the Editor: The Reliability of Centralized Pain Response. Arch Phys Med Rehab 81: 999-1000, 2000.

6. Donelson RG: Letter to the Editor re. Razmjou, et. al., Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 30(7):368-83, 2000. JOSPT 30(12):770-3, 2000.

7. Donelson RG, McKenzie RA: Letter to the Editor re. Riddle and Rothstein, Spine 19(12):1414, 1994.

8. Donelson RG: Letter to the editor: re. Elnaggar, et.al, Spine 16:967-972, 1991. Spine 17:1267-1268, 1992.

9. Donelson RG: Letter to the editor. Spine 16:1008-1009, 1991.

Manuscripts in Progress:

1. Fritz J, Donelson R, Laslett M, Sherman K, Parent E: Customizing Treatments to Sub-Groups of Patients: Current Paradigms for Improving Patient Care and Clinical Research. Submitted.

2. Long, A, Donelson, R, Fung, T: Is it Always Necessary to Differentiate Acute from Chronic and Common Low Back Pain From Sciatica?

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