A preliminary report on the use of the McKenzie protocol versus Williams protocol in the treatment of low back pain

D. J. Ponte, G. J. Jensen, B. E. Kent

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether the Williams or McKenzie protocol of treatment was more effective in both decreasing pain and hastening the return of pain-free range of lumbar spine movement. Twenty-two subjects underwent an initial evaluation which involved six measurements: subjective pain, comfortable sitting time, forward flexion, right and left lateral flexion, and straight leg raise. Subjects required to perform Williams' protocol were assigned accordingly, while those referred as 'evaluate and treat' were placed in the McKenzie group. Following the completion of treatment, a second evaluation was performed taking the same six measurements. A comparison of the improvement scores of the two groups indicated that those receiving the McKenzie protocol improved to a significantly (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-139
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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