McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy - Part A - MDT: The Lumbar Spine

March 25-27, 2022

8:00-5:30 PM Friday

8:00-5:30 PM Saturday

8:00-1:15 PM Sunday



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Course Description

As the name implies, this course focuses on the application of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the Lumbar Spine. Each major subdivision of the course has very specific educational objectives. In general terms, the goals of this course are that you gain knowledge and skills that form the basis from which you may begin to develop your own abilities in applying these principles.

The course begins with a comprehensive prerequisite online session, followed by a three-day live course. The online component allows you to work at your own convenience and learn from an interactive blend of visuals, audio and video designed to familiarize you with the general principles, terminology and more to prepare you to participate in the live course.

Suggested Course Preparations:

  • Take the free online Overview Course
  • Read the textbook, THE LUMBAR SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP.

Course Objectives

Following attentive participation in, and completion of, this course will provide participants with the introductory knowledge, basic skills and abilities to begin to:
1. Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to patients with lumbar spine symptoms.
2. Distinguish between the McKenzie syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural) and the subgroups of OTHER and provide appropriate management regimes for each of the syndromes.
3. Identify when the application of clinician forces is required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's “progression of forces” concept.
4. Assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes required to achieve the goals of management.

About the Instructor

Yoav Suprun, PT, DPT, OCS, Dip MDT, CSCS, earned his clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University (NYU) in 2003. He continued his post graduate education and received his Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in 2007. In addition, he is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) & a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). Dr. Suprun is the Founder and CEO of “SoBe Spine”, (, a concierge physical therapy clinic in Miami Beach, FL. He has been featured in multiple media outlets discussing the McKenzie method including CBS, NBC, Huffington Post, Dr. OZ, Shape magazine to name a few. You can follow Dr. Suprun posts regarding MDT on Twitter @AskDrYoav.


Module 1: Introduction and Epidemiology

Module 2: Pain and connective tissue properties
Module 3: Mechanical Diagnosis: Classification and Definition of Terms
Module 4: MDT History and Examination

Module 5: Anatomic Considerations Related to MDT



DAY ONE, FRIDAY, 8-5:30 P.M.

07:30-08:00 Course Registration & SIgn-in/Continental Breakfast

08:00-09:30 Introduction and Review of Online: History and Physical Exam (Module 4)

09:30-09:45 Break

09:45-11:00 Evaluation of Clinical Presentations (Module 6)

11:00-12:00 Patient #1

12:00-01:00 Lunch

01:00-02:00 Patient #2

02:00-03:00 Patient #3

03:00-03:15 Break

03:15-03:30 Discussion of Patients

03:30-04:00 Procedures of Mechanical Therapy – Theory (Module 7)
04:00-05:30 Procedures of Mechanical Therapy – Practical (Module 8)



07:30-08:00 Course Sign-in/Continental Breakfast

08:00-08:15 Q & A, Review and Discussion
08:15-09:00 Procedures of Mechanical Therapy – Practical Review

09:00-10:30 Management of Derangement Syndrome (Module 9)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Management of Derangement Syndrome (Module 9) cont

12:15-01:15 Lunch

01:15-02:45 Return Patients

02:45-03:00 Break

03:00-04:00 Patient #4

04:00-05:00 Patient #5

05:00-05:30 Discussion of Patients



07:30-08:00 Course Sign-in/Continental Breakfast

08:00-08:30 Q & A, Review and Discussion

08:30-09:30 Management of Dysfunction (Module 10)

09:30-10:00 Management of Posture Syndrome (Module 11)

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:15 Return Patients

12:15-12:45 Follow-Up Evaluations (Module 12)

12:45-01:15 Recurrences and Prophylaxis/Conclusions (Module 13)



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