Doc Talk: McKenzie Method

Doc Talk: McKenzie Method.

People who suffer from neck or back pain might see a physician, a chiropractor or physical therapist for treatment, but what if you could treat yourself?

That's what the McKenzie Method looks to do for patients and Newschannel3's Erica Mokay explained the popularity of the therapy in week's Doc Talk.

The McKenzie Method is well known globally and is growing in popularity in the United States.

Physical therapists look at your symptoms and treat you in the office in only a few sessions over a few weeks.

During that time, they also teaching you what to do so you can treat yourself at home whenever needed.

The spine exercise room is the place where those suffering from neck, back, knee, maybe even shoulder pain, begin to find relief.

Ed Orloff, an MDT certified physical therapist at Borgess Spine, said, “It doesn’t matter where the pain is coming from. It matters how it behaves. If you can get it to turn off, and you can get it to stay off, then you can have success managing it yourself.”

The approach is known as the McKenzie Method, or MDT Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. It's an assessment process used for diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.

Orloff has been practicing MDT exclusively for 10 years at Borgess and says that's exactly what he looks to do for his patients; find out what makes them feel better or worse, come up with an individualized plan to ease the ache, and prevent it from coming back later.

He said, “If we can resolve your symptoms, yes. We have helped you. But if I can prevent those symptoms from coming on you know... Season after season after you've learned how to manage it yourself and that's a cost savings, that’s a time savings and yes, in the future that could be a savings from costly interventions or dangerous medications.”

Orloff said it works because of personalized exercises that centralize the pain when done consistently and in just about any setting.

He says if you've tried everything else but your problems persist this method may be the remedy you've been wanting.

Orloff said, “Maybe they’ve had x-rays, maybe they’ve had MRI's, injections, lots of different things, medications, they’ve tried lots of exercises, in fact, they're relatively active, they might be athletes and after a few simple movements moving the joints of their back or their hips you can get that centralization phenomenon and they're so surprised that a limb pain or an arm pain or an elbow pain could be coming from their spine and they're thinking why didn’t I come here before.”

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