McKenzie Method

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Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy

Pittsburgh's Personalized, Results-Based Physical Therapy Center, located in Bethel Park, PA

If you’ve worked, drive and spent long hours sitting, then all of the sudden it’s hard for you to bend and your legs feel so heavy. You may be one of 31 million Americans who'd experienced low-back pain at any point in time.1 Although many people recover quickly from an episode of low back pain, recurrence is very common. At Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy, we provide hands-on treatment, private treatment rooms, and full gym services. Call Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy’s Bethel Park office or book an appointment online today.

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FAQs on McKenzie Method:

By Joseph Agnello, PT, Cert. MDT

 

What is McKenzie Method?

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (also known as MDT) is an internationally acclaimed method of assessing pain in the spine area and its extremities. Developed by New Zealand based Physical Therapist Mr. Robin McKenzie, it is a philosophy of active patient involvement that is trusted and utilized by highly experienced clinicians and physical therapists all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems for the past 30 years. This comprehensive approach is one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available as it is based on sound principles and fundamentals that has proved to be very successful.

Joe Agnello, PT from Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy is one amongst a very few select physical therapists in the world to be come a Certified MDT clinician. He is trained to assess and diagnose all areas of the musculoskeletal system using the McKenzie Method. If a problem exists in or around the spine, muscle or joint, our certified expert physical therapists can provide a safe and reliable way to reach an accurate diagnosis and make the appropriate treatment plan, eliminating the need for expensive tests such as MRI’s.  Certified MDT professionals like Joe Agnello, PT are able to rapidly determine the effectiveness of the method for each patient and recommend appropriate treatment option. and it is performed by a comprehensive approach based on sound principles and fundamentals that, when fully understood and followed, is very successful.

 

What are the advantages of McKenzie Method?

If you are treated by physical therapists with McKenzie training like Dr. Agnello, it can show greater improvement rather than just taking painkillers. A key advantage of the McKenzie approach is that you will receive individualized treatment based on the pain assessment. He offers a McKenzie evaluation system that determines specific pain pattern.

 

Who would need the McKenzie Method of Treatment?

A lot of times exercises are not appropriate especially if your job involves prolonged sitting. Because slouching over stretches the muscle, McKenzie Lumbar Rolls can help you maintain the right posture whenever you sit during longer time. Pain that occurs during Pre and post surgery, caused by motor accident and sports related injury require critical therapy treatment that only Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy can provide.

 

What to do if Pain Persists?

Chronic low back pain is very prevalent, the costs associated with this condition are also very high. If you show these signs last for more than 12 weeks, you might be experiencing chronic back pain.

They may also use one of the following techniques to reduce swelling: 

  • Dull or achy pain at the low back
  • Muscle spasms and tightness in the low back, pelvis, and hips
  • Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing
  • Paid during Exertion such as standing up straight, walking, or going from standing to sitting

By understanding these condition, Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy may recommend the best treatment option available and suitable for you. Ask yourself if one of the following problems exist: 

  • Does the pain intensify when I move?
  • Does the pain decrease when I do some activity?
  • Does the pain exist only when I move? Pain during movement?
  • Does the pain go away when I move? Painful when you are at rest?

At Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy, you are only seen by therapists, not by assistants. You are assured that you are at the best hands since he was rated as part of the top 1 percent of most successful treatment outcome program. The practice is located at Bethel Park, PA. The area is nearby Trolley Stop Inn. Call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool today!

 

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