Thursday, May 8, 2014
Why MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy) over general Physical Therapy?
“I injured my back in October of 2014, I had herniated my L4 & L5 discs and was receiving PT treatments elsewhere. Still having extreme pain in January 2014, my pain management Dr. recommended Maccio PT for further treatment. I agreed hoping to be able to eliminate some of the pain but knowing that I would never be pain free. I had given up all activities I enjoyed, working out, gardening, & sewing. I couldn’t walk for ¼ mile without pain. I’d wake up frequently at night as well. I worked with Joe Sr. and even from my first visit I felt pain free, I couldn’t believe it! After following the exercises he prescribed and further treatments I am absolutely pain free! I have and would recommend Maccio Physical Therapy to anyone who has spinal pain or another injury like that. I am so thankful to Joe Sr. for his commitment to my wellbeing and recovery.”
After receiving notification from this patient’s insurance carrier that no further physical therapy would be allowed as fifty visits had already been used elsewhere, we needed to explain the difference between MDT and general PT. First of all, by the time we received the denial notification the patient was pain free and was ready for discharge. When we explained the differences to the carrier they not only agreed to make payment for our services but had cancelled her independent medical exam and hearing. She now has the tools to go back to doing everything she wants to do in life and knows exactly what to do if she encounters any difficulty. This is yet another reason why all of our staff receives MDT training and it must be the primary evaluation method in all musculoskeletal conditions.