Hannah Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), also known as The McKenzie Method, is an evidence-based system of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment that has become widely used as a standard in the management of back, neck, and extremity pain. Certified MDT clinicians are trained to evaluate any joint or muscle, not exclusively those relating to the spine, for signs of mechanical response. This strategy involves active participation by the patient and empowers them to learn how to manage their symptoms independently.
MDT does not rely on diagnostic imaging, medication, or modalities (i.e. heat, cold, ultrasound, etc.). Outside of serious pathology or non-mechanical types of pain, expensive diagnostic tests and imaging studies are often unnecessary when your symptoms can be classified into a particular subtype. MDT clinicians are able to rapidly determine whether the method will be effective for you. The McKenzie Institute International maintains an online listing of credentialed and diploma practitioners around the world. Please visit http://www.mckenzieinstitute.org for more information.