The McKenzie method for treating low back pain

The latest update on the available evidence of its efficacy

Altogether, this review shows McKenzie’s Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) method is not superior to a combined exercise and manual therapy approach for pain and disability in acute (

On the other hand, MDT showed greater effectiveness for the management of pain and disability in chronic (>12 weeks) LBP.

However, effect sizes were small to moderate and depending on the treatment being compared to MDT. Thus, a definite conclusion on the clinical significance of these diferences is still not possible.


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