What is the McKenzie Method of MDT

We use the McKenzie Method of MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) at our office. This technique is sometimes confused as only a treatment, but at its core it really is an assessment. The system uses a combination of patient history, sustained positions, repeated movements, and/or resisted movements to classify patients. After classifying a patient into a particular syndrome, the most appropriate treatment approach can be started. The McKenzie Method is most commonly known to be used for spine pain such as low back pain, neck pain, sciatica and/or midback pain; however, it can be used for extremity complaints as well such as elbow, knee, wrist, hip and leg pain.

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  • After performing the initial assessment, patients are usually given a home exercise plan consisting of repeated movements in a direction that decreases or reduces symptoms.
  • Patients are also instructed on the use of a postural support such as a lumbar roll if it is deemed helpful
  • Patients are also provided with ways to assess if the prescribed home exercise is helping such as checking range of motion before/after
  • Usually a patient can be classified into a particular syndrome in 3-5 visits
  • Rather than being given a generic exercise program, the McKenzie Method of MDT is specific to each patient

The McKenzie Method of MDT is a hugely powerful tool in the assessment and treatment of spine and extremity pain. By identifying a particular movement that helps symptoms, patients become empowered and hopeful for the future.

We always recommend making an appointment for any new onset spinal and/or extremity pain as well as for re-aggravations of previous symptoms to properly diagnose the underlying cause and to determine the most appropriate treatment.

To make an appointment, click on the following link: https://ledermanchiropractic.janeapp.com/

Yours in health,

Lederman Chiropractic & Sports Medicine

We guide our patients with effective strategies for pain relief so that they can get back to the activities they love.

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