The McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is an internationally researched system of assessment and management for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal disorders. The McKenzie Method was developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. Since its conception It has been widely used all over the world for more than 60 years!

Clinicians trained in the MDT system like our PTs here at Allied Health Solutions are able to assess and classify all complaints of the musculoskeletal system. That means that if a problem is coming from the spine, extremity joints, muscles or tendons, then a MDT evaluation is appropriate. An MDT clinician will be able to identify if MDT is indicated, what management strategy is best, and outline a predicted recovery pathway.

A major highlight of the method is the initial assessment – a safe and reliable format to reach an accurate classification and only then develop the appropriate management plan, taking into account all the various factors that can influence the patient’s experience of pain. Expensive tests such as MRI’s are often unnecessary however any information assists in the assessment process.

The 4 steps that are followed by MDT Clinicians are as followed:

  1. Assessment
  2. Classification
  3. Treatment
  4. Prevention

Each step is paramount for the MDT to yield a favorable outcome for the patient.

As mentioned, our physical therapists at Allied Health Solutions are trained to use the McKenzie Method and have been performing it with great success. If you or a loved one are in need of physical therapy and would like to see the Mckenzie method we recommend you schedule an appointment today!

Tony Crespo
July 05, 2023
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