To be effective, any treatment system must be based upon a sound assessment and an accurate diagnosis or classification.
Scientific research supports the reliability of the McKenzie system1-4 and can assist to further improve patient education5.
Numerous studies provide data on the prevalence rates, demonstrate the comprehensiveness of the system6-8 and the validity of the diagnostic process9,10.
Patients commonly want information about their prognosis11-13.
The McKenzie evaluation process makes it possible to predict patient prognosis mostly within 1-2 consultations14-17.
The emphasis on self-treatment empowers the patient and helps foster a strong sense of independence. Research demonstrates that patients who are empowered through participation in their own care acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence that result in beneficial outcomes18.
Further research has shown that management with a patient specific exercise program based on a classification system monitoring symptomatic and mechanical responses achieves better outcomes than non-specific exercise therapy19,20.
The MDT evaluation allows a quick determination of who will benefit from management according to the MDT principles21,22.
Using MDT strategies has been shown to be able to:
Patients who have been educated in self-management are able to initiate treatment at the first sign of recurrence.
Symptoms can usually be relieved before they become severe30-32.