Editor’s note: This post is brought to you by The McKenzie Institute USA.
As a certified practitioner of the McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), I know that it is an incredibly effective form of PT. I’ve been at it for the past six years now and I love to spread the word about its results.
Of course, the best way to do that is with a case report, which can be a daunting task for those who are unfamiliar with the process.
That’s why on June 18 I’ll be sharing tips on creating a case report during a special webinar produced by The McKenzie Institute USA. I hope you’ll join me as I give advice on selecting the right topic, starting the process, structuring the text, submitting the document and how much time you can expect to spend on each task.
When I decided to undertake my first case study a little over a year ago, I had minimal to no previous experience in writing a case report. I was unsure where, or even how, to begin.
Since I am a member of The McKenzie Institute, I have access to the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (JMMT), the official journal of The McKenzie Institute International. On JMMT’s website, they explain clear criteria and the complete process for writing and submitting a case report.
Since this was my first attempt, it took some time to complete the report. Altogether, the case report process went on for about two months from start to finish.
Interestingly, it only took two weeks to treat the actual patient! The most time-consuming part of the case report was performing the literature review and synthesizing the information.
However, this was also the most rewarding part for me. It challenged me to look into the effectiveness of other treatment approaches and brought me up to speed on the most current research in shoulder rehabilitation. At times, we as practitioners tend to get so focused on our specific method of treatment that we forget there are other approaches being practiced. Throughout this process, I had some great resources in McKenzie Institute faculty members, who provided some direction and guidance.
While the process did take some time to complete, overall, it was a beneficial experience. I encourage all my fellow MDT clinicians to try it and help advance the McKenzie Method. There are great resources available to guide you throughout the entire process.
As for the actual study, the results were quite incredible. My patient, a 56-year-old male with a three-month history of left anterior shoulder pain, needed only three visits.
The patient underwent a repeated movement examination and treatment based on responses to end-range movements. After three visits, his shoulder pain was completely eliminated and motion was completely restored.
This is the kind of news we MDT practitioners need to share. So, learn more about the challenges – and rewards – of putting together a case report at my webinar June 18. For more information or to register, visit the McKenzie website.