It happens to the best of us. As we get older, we tend to get more aches and pains. One of the most common complaints tends to be back pain. And if you have ever suffered from back pain, you know that it can be hard to diagnose and treat. At first you might try over-the-counter medications or maybe a massage or two, but most of us end up in the doctor’s office looking for answers and relief. That relief often comes in the form of physical therapy. But that means months of therapy visits to get better, right? Wrong.
Logan Russell, D.P.T., a Carilion Clinic physical therapist, uses the McKenzie Method of MDT to help his patients find just the right treatment to get back to their life.
“The McKenzie Method of MDT is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (shoulder, knee, ankle, etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in the hands or feet,” he explained.
An MDT assessment might also help you avoid expensive diagnostic imaging, medication or surgery.
“The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body's potential to repair itself and does not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles or surgery,” Russell added.
So what does a McKenzie evaluation look like?
A typical first appointment with a certified McKenzie Method provider will go something like this:
1. Before you receive any type of treatment, a certified McKenzie provider will conduct a thorough and full assessment that will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
2. During the assessment process, the provider will gather a full history and ask you to perform some flexibility and strength tests. You will also be asked to perform a series of repeated movements that will help the clinician assess your level of mobility to determine how you might benefit from McKenzie treatment techniques.
3. Based on that workup, the clinician will talk with you in detail about the nature of your problem and lay out a treatment plan that could help you. You will also get tips and advice on how you can help yourself relieve your pain.
Back pain relief might be easier and less painful than you think!