Physical Therapy Services

Watkins Protocol

This program has been utilized safely and successfully without problems for all patients with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine issues regardless of their age or physical condition. Many have found this program to be the best modality available today for the treatment of most spinal disorders, and many patients who aggressively implement this modality are able to avoid surgical management for their back pain.

This program is intended to progress the patient through a gradual exercise program from a neutral pain free position for the spine, to a very safe and controlled level 5 advanced exercise program. The most common condition of the adult spine being arthritis is controlled using this form of treatment. The therapist’s objective is to take the patient through a systematic and graduated exercise program in a neutral pain free position, and teach the patient how to perform the exercises and transition them to a home exercise program that should be done three times per week.