The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It has been widely used all over the world for more than 30 years.  Summit Strength is the only Certified McKenzie Clinic in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

MDT is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by clinicians and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. MDT continues to be one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available.

Scott Knoche, PT, Dip. MDT, is a McKenzie Diplomat, passing both a theoretical and a clinical component and awarded this recognition of the highest level of competence in the theory and practice of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of musculoskeletal disorders.

Tom McCarthy, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT and Abby Seider, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT completed advanced training in the MDT approach to assessment and treatment of the spine and extremities and successfully passed the credentialing exam in April 2018.  They use the MDT approach to give patients the power to control pain, stiffness, and ability to participate in daily activities. With MDT, the key is patient independence! Our goal is to give you the knowledge and resources to manage your own symptoms and get back to living your life unhindered by pain.

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