Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Course F?"

Please do not go to the McKenzie website looking for Course F because it does not exist. I had the wonderful opportunity to sit in on an introductory seminar held by Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy in Tallahassee, Florida. Several of the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy faculty and researchers gathered at this meeting to discuss the development of a Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy network known as Integrated Mechanical Care. This particular clinic was able to show a 79% improvement in pain scores and 54% improvement in function scores for its members at Capital Health Plan in Tallahassee, Florida.

A fantastic article was written in the Manage Care magazine in June 2008 by Dr. Charles Tomlinson, who was vice president at Capital Care from 2000-2008. The results were so promising that all members of this health plan must now utilize Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy specialist in physical therapy before surgery, injections or MRI’s are considered. Significant reductions in the percentage of surgeries, injections and MRI’s have also been noted as a result as the implementation of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.  It was quite exciting to see the recognition of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy addressed by those outside our profession.

We will keep you updated on further developments with other insurance companies following this same plan.

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