Rehabilitation of Low Back Pain | Physio Penrith

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Low back pain is the leading cause of years lived with disability, with a lifetime prevalence of up to 39%. Moreover, with an ageing population, low back pain is expected to become more widespread.


The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a well-studied classification system and aims to classify patients into 3 mechanical subgroups. With the most common group (derangement) associated with a rapid change in symptoms secondary to performance of a “directional-preference” exercise.


In patients with chronic low back pain, there is moderate to high quality evidence that this McKenzie Method is superior to other rehabilitation interventions for reducing pain and disability, but should be used in conjunction with other techniques.


Toby is a musculoskeletal physio, exercise physiologist and chiropractor in Penrith and uses McKenzie Method, joint manipulations, joint mobilisations, muscle release techniques and exercises to reduce acute and chronic low back pain.


At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic our approach is consistent, high quality and based on the best scientific knowledge. We deliver evidence-based physiotherapy, exercise physiology and chiropractic for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, which means you get an approach that is effective, safe, and efficient. Contact your local Penrith physio today.


Lam O, et al. Effectiveness of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for Treating Low Back Pain: Literature Review With Meta-analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 2018; 48: p 476-491.

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