This Past weekend our two Physical Therapists attended the McKenzie Institute’s the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy: The Human Extremities course. This particular course takes the fundamental mechanical diagnosis and treatment principles of the spine and applies them to the various joints of our arms and legs in an effort to establish a systematic evaluative process and a subsequent treatment program. This particular course was recently rewritten as an advanced treatment course as the McKenzie Institute continually attempts to keep the most current research and techniques available to their certified practitioners. Additionally, as an advanced course the treatment paradigms had shifted beyond the basic general understanding of applying repetitive measures to the extremities but more towards advanced clinical skills that are required in cases where the basics did not work as well or in very complex cases.
The course was a nice refresher for Christy Wahl, Clinic Manager at the Chester office as she has taken the course 2 other times to stay abreast of the most current research available in the MDT treatment of the extremities. However, this was the first time around for Dr. Ireland, who practices chiefly out of the Bridgewater office, and is excited to be adding these treatment principles to the treatment of his patients with extremity issues
If you have an injury to one of the joints of your arms or legs and have seen a Doctor or attempted Physical Therapy without much result then give us a call and perhaps an evaluation based on these Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment principles could be something that gets you back to being pain free!