What is the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment?
Used by medical professionals for more than 30 years, the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is an internationally known system for the assessment and treatment of back, neck and extremity pain.
MDT emphasizes active patient involvement and education in evaluating the nature and severity of back, neck and extremity problems. The key feature of MDT is the initial assessment, which determines the cause of the pain. Our physical therapists use this information to develop a personalized treatment plan.
The key features of MDT are the initial assessment, use of repeated motions to assist in guiding your treatment, and emphasis of self treatment to prevent recurrence.
You may benefit from McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the hips or buttock
- Pain or stiffness in the low back
- Pain or stiffness in the neck
- Pain in the shoulders or arms
- Difficulty bending
- Difficulty sitting for prolonged periods of time
- Pins, needles or numbness in the feet or hands
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What to Expect
Every patient has a unique health history, diagnosis and personal goals. When you come for your first appointment, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you.
We work with most major insurance providers and do our best to help keep the paperwork pain-free. If you’d like to confirm your insurance coverage, please let us know and we can verify when you schedule. If your insurance provider requires a co-pay, we will ask for this payment at each visit. We accept payments by cash, check or credit card.
When to Arrive
On average, a patient’s first visit lasts about an hour. We typically ask patients to arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in, complete paperwork and/or change clothes.
What to Bring
On your first visit, you’ll need to bring your physician referral or prescription (if needed), your insurance card, your primary registration forms, your ID or driver’s license and your co-payment (as applicable). If desired, you may bring a change of clothing.
How it Works
During your first visit, your physical therapist will do an initial evaluation and discuss your plan of care. The therapist uses this information to set goals for your continued treatment. Physical therapy goals may include improved movement, strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as decreased pain. Your subsequent visits will focus on treatment that is based on your diagnosis and individualized goals.