A Better Approach to Back Pain Diagnosis and Treatment?

A Better Approach to Back Pain Diagnosis and Treatment?

Published by Dr. Tracy A. Norris, DC, CCEP, Cert. MDT on Nov 18th 2019

It is widely accepted that clinicians are unable to determine exactly which tissue is causing back pain giving rise to a variety of (pathology specific) diagnoses for the same condition. Is the pain coming from the disc? The ligament, the joint or the nerve? There is no consensus on what causes back pain and how to diagnose it across all different types of healthcare providers and there is also no consensus from provider to provider within a single provider type. Depending on the provider examining the patient, a different diagnosis for back pain is likely. Different diagnoses lead to different treatments, of which many are ineffective due to the diagnosis being improper. This all stems from the fact that clinicians are unable to determine a pathology specific diagnosis…they are unable to determine what exactly is causing the pain. With so many different diagnoses and treatments that are ineffective, the patient is left with confusion, no improvement in their symptoms, further problems and eventual surgery that may have been prevented if diagnosed properly to begin with. Why Do Doctors Diagnose Back Pain and Neck Pain Differently?

In order to overcome this issue, an alternative of classifying spinal pain was created in 1981 by Robin McKenzie, a New Zealand Physical Therapist. This classification system has substantial research showing that it has a high level of inter-tester reliability, meaning that no matter what type of doctor you are examined by or which doctor within a specific provider group you go to, the likelihood of achieving a correct classification (diagnosis) is high. Neurosurgeons, neurologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons will most likely come to similar conclusion about what is causing back pain. Providers must be trained appropriately achieving either certification in the or becoming a diplomate in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT Method®).

Once a classification has been determined, the treatment required is automatically known because each classification has its own unique treatment, making correctly diagnosing and treating back pain simple, reproducible and more relevant to the condition producing a better patient outcome.

Wichita Chiropractor, Dr. Tracy Norris is the only Wichita doctor Certified in the MDT Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® and classify back, neck or extremity pain and provide treatment specifically for your condition.

Schedule an Initial Assessment at Wichita Pain Center by Wichita Chiropractor Dr. Tracy A. Norris, Certified McKenzie Clinician 316-530-1504

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