The methodology of mechanical diagnosis and treatment allows us to tailor a treatment approach to the unique needs of each patient. It’s a very significant element to our comprehensive approach to spine and extremity joint dysfunction.
McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) provides a safe, logical guide to the optimal treatment strategy for each, individual patient. Unique to the McKenzie Method, the process begins with a thorough history and testing of repeated movements to identify distinct patterns of pain responses that are: objective, reproducible and reliable.
The basis of the McKenzie Method is the patient’s own ability to perform movements and forces to abolish the pain and restore function. Individualized exercises are prescribed based on the patient’s responses during the assessment process and, most critically, are based on the identified movements that will centralize or abolish pain. For example, extension or flexion, right or left lateral movement, etc.
All of our patients are provided with maintenance exercises that will allow them to continue their recovery over time. By teaching patients how to self-treat their problems, patients gain an understanding of why they are doing the things they are doing to minimize the risk or recurrence and learn how to quickly manage themselves if symptoms do occur.