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Graeme Keys, PT, Dip MDT, COMT, CMP
Physical Therapist
East Tennessee Spine & Sport Physical Therapy
Knoxville, TN

About Graeme Keys, PT, Dip MDT, COMT, CMP

Graeme Keys is a Physical Therapist and Certified McKenzie practitioner at East Tennessee Spine & Sport Physical Therapy (ETSS) in Knoxville. Graeme is a Diplomate of the Postgraduate residency program of the McKenzie Institute International (Dip. MDT). He is also a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP).

He is a guest lecturer at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in the Orthpaedic Physical Therapy Department in Johnson, TN. Additionally, Graeme lectures to physical therapists across the state providing education about postoperative management of spinal conditions and manual therapy interventions.

Graeme Keys was born and raised in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He graduated from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, in Physiotherapy in 1995. After working for 2 years in the UK health system, he immigrated to the USA in 1997. After working for a travelling therapy agency for 3 years and enjoying much of the United States from Florida to New York, Memphis to the Caribbean, he settled in Knoxville, TN in 2000 to work at a Spine Center of Excellence as Director of Physiotherapy.

After Results Physiotherapy, Graeme was the Director of Physiotherapy at SPINEKnoxville, working with spine surgeons and injection-trained physiatrists in the conservative and post-surgical management of spinal conditions. This became his area of special interest and extensive experience.

As an editor, Graeme posts and reviews articles on manual therapy and spine treatments and care.


Articles Written by Graeme Keys, PT, Dip MDT, COMT, CMP

Building Core Strength to Reduce Back Pain

Reduce your back pain: Find out why developing strong abdominal muscles is key to helping you maintain a healthy spine and learn how it can lead to less back pain.

Exercise and Physical Therapy

Exercise improves strength, range of motion, and flexibility to help heal your spine and prevent back and neck pain.

Weight Lifting and Back Pain

Many people with back pain benefit by incorporating weight lifting, push ups, and chest flies into their regular exercise program.

Recent blog posts from Graeme Keys, PT, Dip MDT, COMT, CMP

December 04, 2009

Standing or Sitting? Which Is Better for Degenerative Disc Disease?

Spine expert blog from SpineUniverse discusses the best way to deal with degenerative disc disease at the office.

February 13, 2009

One Way to Get Rid of Sciatica: Centralization

Through specific exercises, you can get your sciatic pain to centralize. A McKenzie practitioner explains this sciatica treatment option.

More from Mr. Keys' blog "Graeme Keys' Corner"

Articles Reviewed by Graeme Keys, PT, Dip MDT, COMT, CMP

The Origin of the McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method was created by Robin McKenzie. Get the full story of how he developed this back pain treatment option, which he discovered by accident.

Massage Therapy Helps Ease Neck and Back Pain

Massage is a treatment option for back pain and neck pain. Learn the basics of massage therapy and find out how it can help reduce your back or neck pain.

Hot and Cold Therapies for Pain and Discomfort

Hot and cold therapies are the oldest forms of treatment to help reduce muscle inflammation, tenderness, and pain. Learn more in this article.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation May Help Reduce Neck and Back Pain

TENS works to decrease pain perception and may be used to control acute and chronic pain. It may also be used with other treatments such as exercise.

Hydrotherapy and Aquatic Therapy

Gentle water exercises use the water's resistance to build muscle strength and flexibility. Water exercise can benefit people who find weight bearing exercise difficult (or painful) on dry land.

How to Select a Physical Therapist

Your primary care doctor will most likely refer you to a physical therapist if you need one. However, if you are selecting a physical therapist on your own, there are things you should take into consideration to ensure that you make the best decision.

Physical Therapist Education and Training

Some physical therapists pursue advanced training and certification in areas such as geriatic, neurologic, orthopaedic, and sports care.

What is a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists are medical professionals who treat people of all ages with health-related problems that limit physical function.

What Disorders Do Physical Therapists Treat?

Physical therapy is often an integral part of the non-surgical and postoperative care of patients with spinal disorders. Includes a list of spine conditions commonly treated with physical therapy

Lift Weights to Prevent Back Pain

A new study suggests strengthening your sore muscles is a better way to relieve back pain than rest. This article describes new research findings that show weight training as an effective means of reducing-- even eliminating-- back pain.

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