Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is world renowned for the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, and has been widely used for more than 30 years. If a problem exist in or around the spine or peripheral joint, an MDT evaluation may be appropriate. The assessment process is safe and reliable, and it allows the clinician to reach an accurate diagnosis which then leads to the appropriate, most effective treatment plan. Assessment: The assessment provides a rational guide to the most optimal treatment strategy for the patient. By carefully and thoroughly reviewing the patient’s history with them and by guiding the patient through a series of simple, repeated movements, the clinician is able to identify patterns to changes in movement and pain that can be used to categorize your problem. These patterns are reproducible, objective, reliable, and reflect the characteristics of the underlying pain generator. Treatment: Using the information gathered during the assessment, the clinician will prescribe specific exercises for the patient to perform at home, and will instruct the patient on certain movements and postures to avoid. Typically, patients are able to successfully treat themselves when given the necessary knowledge and tools. However, when these mechanical problems are more severe, it may be necessary for the clinician to utilize more hands-on techniques until the patient is able to self manage. In cases when a patient does not respond mechanically, alternative means of treatment or further medical evaluation is warranted. Treatment using MDT is centered around you, the patient, being actively involved. When the patient is treating themselves five or six times daily, they are more likely to resolve their problem in a much shorter period of time than they would if they were being seen in the clinic two or three days a week. Not only does this result in a more rapid recovery, it also can substantially reduce the costs associated with care. Prevention: As previously stated, most patients who respond favorably to the McKenzie Method can successfully treat themselves. By learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence and how to quickly manage themselves if symptoms do recur. The goals of the McKenzie Method are to:
  • Reduce pain and deformity
  • Maintain the reduction with education and posture advice
  • Restore full function
  • Prevent recurrences
Utilizing the McKenzie Method, we are able to successfully treat most musculoskeletal disorders including:
  • Acute or chronic neck and back pain
  • Herniated “slipped” discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Stenosis
  • Radiculopathy (pain radiating down the arm or leg)
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Joint Pain and ROM loss