An internationally researched system of assessment and rehab for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal pain. Clinicians that have training in the Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) system are able to assess, classify, manage, and properly refer out when indicated for all complaints of the musculoskeletal system. This means that if a pain complaint is coming from the spine, extremity joints, muscles or tendons, then a MDT evaluation is appropriate. A clinician with MDT training will be able to identify what management strategy is best and outline a predicted recovery plan. All using movement and patient education as a guide toward self management.
Yep! McKenzie Method deals with all joints, muscles, and tendons in the body, not just low back and neck. With the elbow, they have seen around half of the people diagnosed with tennis elbow are improperly diagnosed and have direction of preference that can rapidly reduce pain. With the knee, a study of a group of 180 patients referred for knee replacement (osteoarthritis) found over 50% of them had direction of preference and great reduction in pain at 2 weeks with MDT and no longer needed a replacement. Direction of Preference meaning a speciifc way to repeatedly load and move the joint that reduces pain, improves range of motion, and improves funcition in a previous painful activity.
One of the biggest misconceptions around McKenzie Method is that it is just extension exercises for the low back and neck. This is far from the truth because:
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