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OLIVEIRA, Isadora Orlando de; PINTO, Luísa Lang Silva; OLIVEIRA, Mauro Augusto de  and  CERA, Milton. McKenzie method for low back pain. Rev. dor [online]. 2016, vol.17, n.4, pp.303-306. ISSN 2317-6393.


Low back pain is a disorder affecting people of all ages, being among major diseases leading individuals to look for health professionals' help. Clinicians agree that back pain is a heterogeneous condition, however there is no uniformity in the choice of most effective methods to manage pain. This study aimed at evaluating the contribution of the McKenzie method to manage low back pain, in addition to checking whether there is comparison of McKenzie with other treatment modalities.


Health Virtual Library and Pubmed portals were queried from November 2013 to March 2014. All studies were analyzed according to quality criteria established by the PEDro scale, in addition to inclusion and exclusion criteria established by the authors. Of 353 studies found, just six were considered eligible. McKenzie method compared to other therapeutic approaches was effective in functional performance and dysfunction indices, however there has been discrepancy of results due to heterogeneous samples of different clinical trials.


Although having contributed to manage low back pain patients, McKenzie method requires further studies to validate the technique in specific patient groups.

Keywords : Low back pain; McKenzie method; Physiotherapeutic modalities.

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