Spine Program Back & Neck Pain

Your Spine Specialists


At the heart of MidSouth Orthopaedic Rehab is our Spine Program.
Evaluation and treatment of back and neck pain is our expertise and makes up the majority of what we treat. Post-graduate education through the McKenzie Institute International is the foundation for our superior patient outcomes.

Achievable goals of McKenzie MDT include: Reduce pain and deformity, maintain the reduction with education and posture advice, restore full function, and prevent recurrences.

Steps To Success
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Your Spine Specialists


At the heart of MidSouth Orthopaedic Rehab is our Spine Program.
Evaluation and treatment of back and neck pain is our expertise and makes up the majority of what we treat. Post-graduate education through the McKenzie Institute International is the foundation for our superior patient outcomes.

Achievable goals of McKenzie MDT include: Reduce pain and deformity, maintain the reduction with education and posture advice, restore full function, and prevent recurrences.


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The McKenzie Method


Also know as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), the McKenzie Method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. This approach continues to be the most researched physical therapy-based method available. The key distinction is its initial assessment component – a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Rarely is time or money wasted to perform expensive tests; Certified McKenzie clinicians have a valid indicator to know right away whether – and how – the method will work for each patient.

3 Steps To Success

Assessment

Treatment

Preventive Strategy

1) Assessment


Unique to the McKenzie Method, the process begins with a thorough history and testing of movements to identify distinct patterns of pain responses that are: reproducible, objective, reliable, and reflect the characteristics of the underlying pain generator. The most common and meaningful pattern of pain response is Centralization, which is well documented now in literature as both a diagnostic tool and a prognostic indicator. This is defined as a patient’s referred or radiating pain (whether just slightly off the center, into the buttock, or all the way to the toes) promptly reversing, returning to the center of the back, and then usually also abolishing. Whether the patient’s pain is acute or chronic, if Centralization occurs through this logical step-by-step assessment process, good outcomes are favorable. It provides a benefit to the patient and practitioner by eliminating the need for expensive and/or invasive procedures. Ultimately, it provides a rational guide to the most optimal treatment strategy for a specific patient.

2) Treatment


The most basic, faulty assumption made about the McKenzie Method is equating it with only extension exercises – it is so much more. When appropriate, the basis of McKenzie treatment takes advantage of the patient’s own movements and forces to abolish the pain and restore function. A series of individualized exercises subsequent to the patient’s responses during the assessment are prescribed and – most critically – are based on the Directional Preference that will centralize or abolish pain, i.e., extension or flexion, right or left lateral movement, etc. In essence, the treatment must match the assessment findings or the results will be inferior. Furthermore, as Robin McKenzie states in his original 1981 text, “If no movement or position can be found to centralize or reduce the patient’s presenting pain, the patient is not a suitable subject for the mechanical therapy.” In cases when a patient does not respond mechanically, alternative means of treatment or referral for further medical evaluation is warranted.

1) Assessment


Unique to the McKenzie Method, the process begins with a thorough history and testing of movements to identify distinct patterns of pain responses that are: reproducible, objective, reliable, and reflect the characteristics of the underlying pain generator.The most common and meaningful pattern of pain response is Centralization, which is well documented now in literature as both a diagnostic tool and a prognostic indicator. This is defined as a patient’s referred or radiating pain (whether just slightly off the center, into the buttock, or all the way to the toes) promptly reversing, returning to the center of the back, and then usually also abolishing.Whether the patient’s pain is acute or chronic, if Centralization occurs through this logical step-by-step assessment process, good outcomes are favorable, It provides a benefit to the patient and practitioner by eliminating the need for expensive and/or invasive procedures. Ultimately, it provides a rational guide to the most optimal treatment strategy for a specific patient.

2) Treatment


The most basic, faulty assumption made about the McKenzie Method is equating it with only extension exercises – it is so much more.When appropriate, the basis of McKenzie treatment takes advantage of the patient’s own movements and forces to abolish the pain and restore function. A series of individualized exercises subsequent to the patient’s responses during the assessment are prescribed and – most critically – are based on the Directional Preference that will centralize of abolish pain, i.e., extension or flexion, right or left lateral movement, etc. In essence, the treatment must match the assessment findings or the results will be inferior.Furthermore, as Robin McKenzie states in his original 1981 text, “If no movement or position can be found to centralize or reduce the patient’s presenting pain, the patient is not a suitable subject for the mechanical therapy.”In cases when a patient does not respond mechanically, alternative means of treatment or referral for further medical evaluation is warranted.

3) Preventative Strategy


Most patients who do respond favorably to MDT can successfully treat themselves – and minimize the number of visits to the clinic – when provided the necessary knowledge and tools putting him or her in control of their treatment safely and effectively. Patients who stick to the prescribed treatment protocols are less likely to have persistent problems. Thus, by learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence and how to quickly manage themselves if symptoms do recur.

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We understand the extent to which pain can limit you and take away from you the things you need and want to do. If you are dealing with pain or the inability to freely move and function in a normal way or in a way you once did, we want to help. We look forward to working with you and playing a role in you getting back to your life.

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