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Specialized Telehealth

Going beyond the restrictions of insurance we have cash-based Telehealth visits 

Benefits of Teleheath

  • Self Management of Pain/dysfunction using the McKenzie Method

  • Ergonomic Assessment for at-home office, gaming set up, etc

  • Updating and reviewing your Home Exercise Program

McKenzie

Question: What is the McKenzie Method of MDT?

Answer: The McKenzie Method of MDT is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck, and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle, etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a MDT assessment may be right for you!

Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise-based approach of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs). The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body's potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.

If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to:

  • Accurately understand the patient's presentation and behavior of symptoms.

  • Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.

  • Eliminate symptoms and restore full function.

  • Empower the patient to self-treat and prevent recurrences.

  • Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed.

Question: How does it work?

Answer: MDT is comprised of four primary steps: assessment, classification, treatment and prevention.

Most musculoskeletal pain is "mechanical" in origin, which means it is not due to a serious pathology like cancer or infection but a result of abnormal or unusual forces or mechanics occurring in the tissue. Further, it means that a position, movement or activity caused the pain to start. If a mechanical force caused the problem then it is logical that a mechanical force may be part of the solution. The MDT system is designed to identify the mechanical problem and develop a plan to correct or improve the mechanics and thus decrease or eliminate the pain and functional problems.

Dr. David Lower

PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, CMPT
Partner/Manager

McKenzie Certified

Audrey Merritt

PT, BSPT

McKenzie Trained

Ergonomic Assessment

What is an Ergonomic Assessment?

An ergonomic assessment is an assessment of a person’s workstation, desk set-up, etc, to ensure it is fit specifically for you. Physical Therapists are ideal professionals to conduct an ergonomic assessment, as they have the knowledge of the biomechanical functions of the body and how different stress' over a period of time can affect the body.


What are the Benefits of an Ergonomic Assessment?

Ergonomic assessments are done either to address pains you are having with your current desk set-up or workstation, or can be done as a preventative measure to ensure safety and comfort while at your desk. Overuse injuries in the low back, mid back, shoulders, and neck are common from long periods of work with a poor ergonomic setup.

All workplaces will benefit from an ergonomic assessment, including your at-home desk set-up. There are many benefits to having an ergonomic assessment done by a Physical Therapist:

  • Address nagging pains in your low back, mid back, shoulders, and/or neck.

  • Address headaches

  • Improve workflow efficiency

  • Improve comfort at your desk

  • Prevent musculoskeletal injuries that might have occurred in time.

  • Educate and equip you to make adjustments to your desk in the future as needed

    These are just a few of the benefits of ergonomic workplace assessments. If the recommendations of the ergonomic assessment are taken, the company can benefit financially in the long term.


How does an Ergonomic Assessment work?

An Ergonomic Assessment can be done via TeleHealth or in person depending on your needs.

  • If done in person, we would set up a time for a PT to come to your workspace and make the appropriate adjustments to your setup.

  • If done via Tele Health, we would set up a video call with you and the PT to have you show them your workspace and the PT can educate and instruct you on how to adjust your setup to best match you.

 

Call or email us to discuss setting up your Ergonomic Assessment now!

 

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