McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis And Therapy Specialist

Axial Spine and Wellness

Chiropractors located in West Loop, Near West Side, Chicago, IL

Pain made worse by certain activities, movements, or postures can prevent you from exercising, working, or simply feeling comfortable day to day. However, with treatment from Todd Peterson, DC, at Axial Spine & Wellness in the West Loop area of Chicago, you can get the relief you need. Dr. Peterson is the only certified provider of the McKenzie Method® in the West Loop and accepts referrals from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and other local hospitals. Learn more about the McKenzie Method by scheduling a private, one-hour consultation online or by phone now today.

Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

What is the McKenzie Method?

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) incorporates advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for spinal and joint pain. MDT recognizes that most causes of spinal and joint pain are related to posture and daily activities that put pressure on your joints and cause pain and inflammation.

MDT uses a four-step approach to diagnosis and treatment that includes a thorough assessment of your condition, classification of your condition for diagnosis purposes, a customized treatment plan and self-care recommendations to prevent the recurrence of pain.

Is MDT appropriate for me?

To determine if MDT is right for you, Dr. Peterson asks you a series of questions about your condition and pain or discomfort levels. Common questions include:

  • Where is your pain located?
  • Do you feel better or worse during or after certain activities?
  • Do you feel worse after sitting or standing for long periods?
  • Is your pain only associated with a specific activity?
  • Do you feel better or worse with movement?
  • Does your back feel better when you’re lying face down or walking?

Based on your answers to these questions, you may be a candidate for MDT. It can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Pain or stiffness in your lower back
  • Pain that spreads from your neck into your arms or lower back and then your buttocks
  • Occasional pins and needles sensations in your hands or feet
  • Aching pain in your elbows or knees

Dr. Peterson uses research-supported diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your pain and classify your condition based on your diagnosis and the severity and frequency of your pain.

What happens during an MDT session?

Your MDT session begins with your assessment, including the questions listed above, and a physical exam. Dr. Peterson takes you through a series of movements, including resting in specific positions to determine if certain movements improve or worsen your pain.

Dr. Peterson then diagnoses your condition and classifies your system into the appropriate category. The categories are determined by the movements that worsen or improve your pain, the location of your pain, and the level of disability it causes.

Based on your category, Dr. Peterson recommends specific exercises, stretches, and movements to relieve your pain. He also explains how to perform these activities at home for self-care and maintenance. By following your at-home care plan, you can reduce the number of visits needed and feel better faster.

Find out if you can benefit from the McKenzie Method by calling Axial Spine & Wellness or booking an appointment online today.