The Benefits of MDT

Updated Benefits graphic Oct2016

1. Reliable Assessment

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 the formal education5.

Numerous studies provide data on the prevalence rates, demonstrate the comprehensiveness of the system6-8 and the validity of the diagnostic process9,10.

2. Early prognosis

Patients seek information on their estimated prognosis11-13.

The McKenzie evaluation process makes it possible to predict patient prognosis mostly within 1-2 consultations14-17

3. Focus on Self treatment

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

4. Better Outcomes

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:

  • reduce surgery rates23
  • avoid surgical interventions24,25
  • lead to better outcomes than therapy that is focused on spinal manipulation26 or general exercise27
  • be cost effective28,29

5. Prevention of recurrence

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.


  1. Heidar Abady 2014
  2. Kilpikoski 2002
  3. May and Ross 2009
  4. Willis 2016
  5. Werneke 2014
  6. May and Aina 2012
  7. Hefford 2008
  8. May and Rosedale 2012
  9. Werneke 2010
  10. Apeldoorn 2016
  11. Hasenbring and Pincus 2015
  12. Schmidt 2012
  13. Ali and May 2015
  14. Edmond 2014
  15. Edmond 2010
  16. Werneke 2008
  17. Deutscher 2014
  18. Vahdat 2014
  19. Long 2004
  20. Rosedale 2014
  21. Rosedale 2014
  22. Long 2004
  23. Rasmussen 2005
  24. van Helvoirt 2014
  25. van Helvoirt 2016
  26. Petersen 2011
  27. Albert and Manniche 2012
  28. Deutscher 2014
  29. Manca 2007
  30. Larsen 2002
  31. Matsudaira 2015
  32. Udermann 2004