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MacKenzie method?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Exercise and Rehab
I've had leg pain (both legs, mainly upper thighs in front) and neuropathy since 2003 - tried all sorts of physical therapy at EDITED, have had @ 12 ESI's, and finally had surgery (laminectomy/discectomy L4/L5) last May and now worse than ever - much worse leg pain, neuropathy and now terrible low back and right hip pain.

I've started PT with someone trained in MacKenzie method - I don't really know about it. Anyone here tried it with any success?

Thanks! Rosa

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  • Rosa,

    Sorry to hear that things haven't gotten better for you. As one whose in the same boat (literally & figuratively) I can empathize. I actually picked up the MacKenzie book prior to surgery (July 07), and leafed through it. Was a quick read, and gave an interesting perpective on the issues of functionality dealing with the back. I gave the stretches a try, and while they didn't help in my case, his approach is pretty logical overall. You might be interested in trying the same, particularly if you're going to a PT who subscribes to his methoology. Wish I could be of more help, and hope things improve.....

  • I'll look for the book Alan - I've only had 6 treatments so far (I'm scheduled for at least 6 wks/3 times a wk) and no improvement, but also haven't gotten worse, and in my world for the past 5 years, that's good.

    If/when I ever see any reaction to the therapy, good or bad, I'll post here.

    One note - the therapist does some manipulation that there is no way you can do to yourself, so there may be some advantage to using a therapist rather than just doing the positions on your own. Don't know - but will find out!

    Thanks again, Rosa
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  • Well, as the old saying goes....no news is good news (or in this case, no worse is good enough...lol!). Will keep my fingers crossed that your treatments offer some improvement, and look forward to hearing the good news (my wife is trying to knock some positive energy into my head....haha!). Feel free to drop a PM if you're ever interested....

  • Wives are good for!

  • I had a Laminectomy, discectomy on L4-L5 on Sept. 9, 2008. I sarted PT one week later. My PT uses the McKenzie Method. At first I was afraid to do the extension exercises because when I first hurt my back was told not to lay on my stomach and have not for 20 years. However, I have been doing them and feel better. They actually seem to work for me. And, Kinda funny, I like doing them. I am making progress, I hope. I am 48 years old and have always exercised and have gone to other PTs, chiro. and never did these exercises.
    Go slow and ask lots of questions of your PT. My PT says they should not hurt and if they do stop. Make sure you do them in the office properly before you leave.
    I wish you the best.
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  • There is info. on the McKenzie Method on this site under treatment I think. There is a book called Treat Your Own Back by Robin McKenzie. Probably could find in your Library.
  • Did you have leg pain that was helped by McKenzie?

    Thanks for the input! Rosa
  • Rosa, Yes I had alot of leg pain from my hip to ankle. I had pain in the back and right side of my leg. Not in my front thigh. I had this pain before and after surgery. Before surgery the pain stopped me from doing almost everything. Even after surgery I was slow and werery of the exercises.
    But once I got going, around 5 weeks post surgery, I do believe the McKenzie exercises did help me. My sciatica pain down my leg is subsiding. I am 7 weeks post surgery and am greatly improved. I have also been walking daily one to three miles. The three mile is broken into two walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lucky, we still have nice weather here.

  • Well, I am not too optomistic since I'm 5.5 months post-surgery...
    I've been doing the McKenzie PT almost 3 wks now - one last question,
    how long before you noticed any change from the therapy? Should I worry that if I haven't noticed any real improvement after 8 sessions of PT that it's not going to work? I know you can't really answer that - each one of us is different.
    But just wondering how much PT you had before you noticed improvement.

    Thanks again! Rosa
  • I've had 3 or 4 sessions of the MacKenzie method with my PT now. The exercise he has me doing helps at the moment but in no time the pain returns. I have pain from sitting at my desk, standing too long, walking around my kitchen while fixing dinner really makes the pain increase. Grocery shopping is also a pain. On a daily basis I just give up and go to bed early and watch TV because I cannot get comfortable anywhere else. Even in bed I toss and turn all night because I can't stay in one position too long. I guess I'm just impatient and getting discouraged. I wish the exercises helped faster.

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