Assessing And Improving The Effectiveness Of Musculoskeletal Diagnosis And Treatment – Some Resources

Please note, I have not yet evaluated any of these resources. I have placed them on the blog to have easy access to them through my search function.


(1) The Brighton musculoskeletal Patient-Reported Outcome Measure (BmPROM): An assessment of validity, reliability, and responsiveness [PubMed Abstract] [Full Text HTML] [Full Text PDF]. Physiother Res Int. 2018 Jul;23(3):e1715. doi: 10.1002/pri.1715. Epub 2018 May 11.

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(2) Integrated Musculoskeletal Care

Musculoskeletal disorders are the number one cause of chronic disability in the U.S., while over 90% of the world’s population will be plagued with some type of musculoskeletal disorder at some point in their lives.

IMC lifts the burdens associated with musculoskeletal disorders through our unique Outcomes Accountable™ Care delivery systems. Unlike traditional orthopedic care, IMC’s Outcomes Accountable™ Care achieves remarkable, consistent outcomes by placing reliable, response-based assessments on the front end of orthopedic management and by measuring and implementing IMC’s strict, conservative care protocols for quicker, safer patient recovery.

(3) McKenzie Institute International

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The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an approach for the management of spinal and extremity problems. It consists of a reliable and research proven process for the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, which encourages active patient involvement and participation in the management of their complaint.  The McKenzie Method® is one of the most recognised philosophies of treatment for musculoskeletal complaints in the world. The management strategy recognises the biopsychosocial nature of musculoskeletal complaints and encourages effective patient management.

The MDT assessment can accurately determine a mechanical diagnosis and a subsequent treatment plan that matches this diagnosis. By understanding the mechanical behaviour of the presenting complaint the clinician is able to formulate a treatment strategy that is logical, easy to implement and has a predictable effect on the patient’s symptoms. It allows the clinician to quickly recognise which patients can benefit from treatment, thus reducing the need for expensive and time consuming radiological tests. The assessment process also allows for the identification of ‘non-mechanical’ presentations that may require further investigation or alternative management strategies.

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