The McKenzie method (or mechanical diagnosis and therapy, MDT) is an internationally researched and recognized system for diagnosing and treating spinal and extremity musculoskeletal disorders. It has been used by practitioners all over the world for more than 60 years.

This therapy is an active patient treatment philosophy that emphasizes prevention and intervention and encourages patients to be in control of their treatment. Dr. DiOrio of the Spine Center is the only certified MDT physical therapist in the state of Nevada and works daily with patients on a total system of care based on sound principles, backed by extensive research using its thorough assessment and diagnostic process.

Clinicians trained in the MDT system, like DiOrio, can assess and classify all complaints of the musculoskeletal system. That means that if your problem is coming from the spine, extremity joints, muscles, or tendons, then an MDT evaluation is appropriate. Issues commonly treated through this method are:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder & elbow pain
  • Hip, knee & ankle pain

A core feature of this method is the initial assessment – a safe and reliable system designed to reach an accurate identification of the issue and then develop the right treatment plan. Expensive conventional tests such as MRI’s are often unnecessary.

McKenzie gives patients the opportunity to learn the principles and empowers them to take control of their own symptom management. This simple practice is effective and reduces dependency on medical intervention. This method allows the clinician to:

  • Eliminate symptoms and restore function
  • Empower the patient to self-treat and prevent recurring issues
  • Inform patients if other medical care is needed

MDT is a comprehensive assessment and management approach based on logical principles that focus on the patient and their potential to self-manage and recover their previous level of function.

If you are living in pain currently and would like to learn more about the McKenzie Method or believe this could be the right treatment choice for you. Please contact us for an appointment today!