Join the world’s leading experts in musculoskeletal diagnosis and management.

Thank you for attending McKenzie 2017!

The McKenzie Institute International, in cooperation with North American Spine Society, was pleased to announce the 14th International Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, which was held in San Francisco, California on 22-24 September, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, located on the Embarcadero across from the famous Ferry Plaza building. The conference featured podium presentations and panel discussions, involving some of the world’s leading experts in the field of musculoskeletal diagnosis and management.


Patients Come First - Exploring Optimal Care

The choice of the Conference title and theme “Patients come first – exploring optimal care” was chosen because it reflects one of Robin McKenzie’s strongest beliefs - the patient’s concerns should take priority in management decisions. The current management of musculoskeletal conditions is often driven by policy, biased opinions of clinicians and financial interests. The optimal management for the individual patient is often forgotten.

This conference seeks to encourage clinicians to focus on the individual needs of the patient and how this can best be achieved. The variety of speakers and the diversity of their approaches will ensure that the participants are exposed to broad perspectives regarding patient care. The program will appeal to all clinicians involved in musculoskeletal management, stimulating discussion and debate regarding current clinical practices.

The North American Spine Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the U.S. to participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physical Therapists: This activity has been approved to provide CEUs to physical therapists from the following states: AZ, CA, FL, IL, LA, MD, MN, MS, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, WV.
Athletic Trainers: The McKenzie Institute (BOC AP#: P931) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 17.75 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.


Friday, 22 September, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Preconference Workshop

Target Your Management: How to Detect and Address Psychological Issues in People with Pain

Workshop Programme

Conducted by Tamar Pincus, PhD

Professor in Health Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London

Participants will learn how to enhance therapeutic alliance with the patient, a crucial prerequisite for self-treatment. After completion of the workshop participants will understand how to decide which patient needs further psychological investigation or treatment and which can be managed by the clinician. Professor Pincus is an outstanding speaker, educator and researcher. Her workshop will be invaluable for all clinicians who deal with patients in pain.

The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

$130 USD


Gala Dinner

Saturday, 23 September

The conference dinner will commence at 7:15PM aboard the San Francisco Spirit where you’ll enjoy gentle bay breezes, glittering waves and the dramatic San Francisco skyline on an incredible 3-hour cruise.

Dinner, dancing and dazzling vistas will make for an unforgettable evening while you cruise the beautiful San Francisco Bay. The price per person is $146 USD. Places for this unique evening are strictly limited to 350. We encourage you to register early! Registrations will be processed strictly in the order they are received.

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Schedule & Registration



Until 12 June Until 17 July 18 July and after
$729 USD $779 USD $829 USD

Accompanying Persons can attend the Welcoming Reception for an additional $40 USD

General registration fees include:
All education sessions beginning on the afternoon of Friday, 22 September through Sunday, 24 September; The Welcoming Reception, beverage breaks, and networking lunches (Saturday and Sunday).

Hotel & Travel

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

$239 USD Single/Night - Book by 17 August, 2017 for best rate

Book Hotel Room

Reserve by Phone: 1-888-421-1442 (Reference: McKenzie to get the discounted hotel rates)

*Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to room availability; the discounted rate may not apply after the cut-off date. Conference registration must be completed and processed within two weeks of reserving your hotel room.

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Have a Question?

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