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Sara Shupe, MSPT, Dip. MDT is a physical therapist specialist and founder of J.O.Y. Physical Therapy Inc, a mobile and tele-health physical therapy provider servicing the Twin Cities Metro Area, greater Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Sara has presented early access models of mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) in the treatment of low back pain to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Association of Spine Society (NASS) and The international MDT Conference. Sara lives in Eagan, MN with her 14 year old son, and Dox mix puppy.

Have you ever had the privilege of experiencing a Minnesota summer? Beautiful foliage, the ever-present state bird (i.e the mosquito), and the MANY sky-blue lakes. You will also notice peculiar behavior in our residents come Thursday afternoon and evenings. Everyone dissapears. Where did everyone go? If it wasn't enough to be "in the North," we tend to necessitate going "more-North." To the cabin! Due to the precious nature of these 100 days, we tend to get a little excited when we are on our boat rides. Sometimes that can create delicate situations near the dock - 


Or. Not. So. Delicate.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 40,000 injuries that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. These resulted from falls slips or trips; overexertion and bodily reaction; transportation incidents (translation: boat going too fast...); and contact with objects (...so I'm going to bail onto the dock). Among these injuries, about 80% were due to falls on the same level (that is, not from falls from heights or through surfaces)." (Need I repeat myself?)


My doctor says my meniscus tore in my knee. Now what?
Maybe the most appropriate question is "so what?" What you need to know is that tear may have been there before you tried to hurry out of a moving water vehicle onto a stationary dock at a remarkable speed. What we have come to understand is that meniscus tears are 60% prevalent in us middle aged silver folks and 100% prevalent in those golden over the age of 60 ( Zanetti et al In 2014, Patients with suspected meniscus tears: prevalence of abnormalities seen on MRI of 100 symptomatic and contralateral asymptomatic knees. Am J of Roentgenol 2003). 

Nope, your middle-aged eyes aren't failing you- that was 100%!


So, skip the MRI. Do MDT.
Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, or MDT, is a specialized form of assessment that utilizes your movement, positions and functional complaints to determine your pain and movement pattern. This pattern is associated with improved outcomes in spinal and extremity disorders (Long, A et al Does it matter which exercise? Spine 2004; Long A et al 2008; Rosedale et al 2014, Edmond et al 2014). So it does not rely on the patho-anatomucal model, sometimes called the disease-model, which has repeatedly demonstrated to be invalid in the literature.


I just fell (or maybe jumped onto a dock...)! What do I do?

J.O.Y. Physical Therapy Inc has same-day visits available. Don't wait! Get your MDT treatment today and get out of pain quickly! Call 651-800-MYPT or email us at [email protected] today! www.joy-pt.com
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