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A Look at the Research - Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie)

A Look at the Research - Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie)

The McKenzie Method® is one of the most-researched classification systems for back, neck and extremity pain. Studies show the success of the McKenzie Method is so common that every patient should have the opportunity to be screened appropriately by an MDT Certified Provider.

Recognition For Providing Quality Back Pain Care



Back Pain Recognition Program focuses on high-value, patient-centered care.

WASHINGTON-National committee for quality assurance (NCQA) today announced that Dr. Douglas Krebs of Chicago has received Recognition from the Back Pain Recognition Program (BPRP) for providing superior care to his patient's suffering from low back pain.

The Back Pain Recognition program is designed to improve the quality care to the nearly 30 million Americans who experience low back pain, and by motivating other clinicians and chiropractors to document and improve the delivery of spinal care. To receive recognition, which is valid for two years, Dr. Douglas Krebs submitted data demonstrating performance that meets the Program's key measures. These measures include appropriate imaging for acute back pain and recommendation for exercise, among others.

Back pain is among the most common ailments in America. Each year, nearly 1 in 9 Americans experience pain severe enough to impair their usual daily activities. Treatment costs total approximately $91 billion a year and accounts for 25 percent of all workers' compensation claims.  The BPPR is the first independent program to systematically evaluate back pain care. NCQA developed the program's requirements from widely excepted medical evidence with significant input from back pain specialist, and health plan and employer representatives. BPPR-Recognized clinicians provide patients with the care that best meets their needs, restores health and mobility and avoids unnecessary treatment and procedures.

“Needless imaging and procedures provide no real benefit to patients who suffer from back pain,” said Margaret E. O'Kane, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance. "By earning recognition, Chicago Spine and Sports has demonstrated that they consistently provide proven, evidenced-based case to their patient's with low back pain.”

To find out if your physician has been recognized by the Back Pain Recognition Program or for further information, please visit\BPRP.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies as a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes conditions and practices in key areas of performance.  NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Sets (HEDIS ®) is the most widely use performance measured tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing healthcare quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.


Dr. Krebs Obtains Certification in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy


On December 5, 2010, Dr. Krebs of Chicago Spine + Sports successfully passed the credentialing exam for McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.  He is one of the first 65 doctors to complete the course work and pass this exam.  McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a systematic approach to the diagnosis and treatment of spinal related conditions.  Research has shown the initial McKenzie assessment procedures to be as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (i.e., x-rays, MRIs) to determine the source of the problem and quickly identify responders and non-responders.  Unique to the McKenzie Method is a comprehensive and logical step-by-step process to evaluate the patient's problem quickly. This mechanical examination can "classify" most patient conditions by the level of pain or limitation that results from certain movements or positions. A McKenzie assessment can eliminate the need for expensive and/or invasive procedures. McKenzie treatment prescribes a series of individualized exercises. The emphasis is on active patient involvement, which minimizes the number of visits to the clinic.

Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided the necessary knowledge and tools. For patients with more difficult mechanical problems a hands-on approach is needed. By learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence and to rapidly deal with recurrence if it occurs. The likelihood of problems persisting can more likely be prevented through self-maintenance.