COVID-19 update

Hello everyone, as you may have seen in our instagram post yesterday, we have suspended all in office visits in the interest of social distancing and flattening the curve during this corona virus pandemic. We urge you all to do everything you can to mitigate the spread of this virus to decrease the burden on the resources of our healthcare system. If it is not absolutely necessary that you go out, or keep your work or office open, I hope you will be able to do the same.

I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about what we CAN do.  That is, with expanded telehealth services, I want to talk about why we are perfectly positioned to help patients deal with back, neck, and any other musculoskeletal pains in the body.

We are the only clinic in the West loop with a clinician who has fulfilled the requirements to be certified in the Mckenzie method of mechanical diagnosis, or MDT.  Many others may use some principles of the mckenzie method or advertise that they do mckenzie, but often it is a piece of their puzzle, instead of letting it’s principles guide the majority of their treatment plans.

Why is this important?  Well, Robin Mckenzie, who founded, studied, and developed this type of treatment, made two principles the pillars of his treatment: #1 Patient education, and #2 Patient independence.

These two pillars make MDT the optimal way to deliver musculoskeletal medicine via telehealth. Through patient education we help our patients understand WHY they are hurting, as well as what they need to do, and stop doing, in their day to day lives in order to heal.   Before this pandemic, I may have asked a patient for 40-60 minutes in my office per week for treatment.  A week has over 10,000 minutes. What we do in those 40-60 minutes in office, or now via teleconferencing, pales in comparison to the importance of what you do in the other 9,000+ minutes.  You cannot effectively get better fast without being educated on what is really causing pain, what really helps, and what is a misconception – and trust us, there are plenty of them out there.

Secondly, Mckenzie championed patient independence.  Meaning a patient will not truly get better unless they learn to manage their symptoms without the aid of a clinician, their equipment, a gadget, or never ending office visits.  His view was that this independence is the only way to decrease the financial burden of musculoskeletal disorders, but in this case it is also the only way to be able to deliver musculoskeletal treatment via telehealth.  You won’t need outrageous equipment, tons of space, or anything from us in order to get better.  You simply need to take the time to talk about your problems, learn what you can do to treat them, and then implement the plan in your own time with guidance from us.

So I hope you stay healthy, and if you have a problem like back pain, neck pain, or joint pain that has been nagging you or is suddenly getting worse during this trying time, that you will consider setting up a telehealth visit to learn how YOU can manage your own symptoms.

Thank you and Stay Healthy,

Dr. Todd

Author
Dr. Todd Peterson, DC, Cert MDT. Dr. Todd Peterson Dr. Todd Peterson is a chiropractor and certified provider for Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT, aka the McKenzie Method). Dr. Peterson played football at the University of Nebraska, where he was a 4 year letter winner and Academic All American. He briefly played professional football in 2009 before returning to Chiropractic School in 2010. He earned his doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree from National University of Health Sciences in 2013, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors.

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