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Slipped and tore your meniscus? You KNEE us, not surgery!

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 heard of the Minnesota Shuffle? Minnesota Dance? If the background of the conversation is related to the famed Minnesota winters, and not a funny story about our LiftBridge or Finnegan's Brewery Tours, then it is a reference to our delicate dances on ice. 

Or. Not. So. Delicate.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - 

"In 2014, there were 42,480 workplace injuries and illnesses involving ice, sleet, or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. These resulted from falls, slips or trips; overexertion and bodily reaction; transportation incidents; and contact with objects and equipment. Among these injuries and illnesses were 34,860, or 82 percent, that were due to falls on the same level (that is, not from falls from heights or through surfaces)." (i.e. falls on ice)

My doctor says my meniscus tore in my knee. Now what?

Firstly, maybe the appropriate question is "so what?"

What you need to know is that tear may have been there before you tried to hurry out of the below-zero cold in your new Fila boots (you thought they had SlipGrips....or that SlipGrips actually prevented falls on Minnesota ice...HA! I think some are manufactured in California...). 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). Yes, that's right. 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, called Directional Preference to all us folks with lots of letters after our name, is associated with improved symptomatic and functional 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! 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!

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