McKenzie Exercises for Back Pain

By: Dr. Scott McGinley

McKenzie Exercises

Having low back pain is common for people to experience at least once in there lifetime. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some time in their lives and low back pain is the single leading cause for disability which can prevent people from engaging in work or other activities of daily living. Low back pain can have many underlying reasons or causes but for some low back pain will diminish with time. Common diagnosis associated with low back pain include herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and sciatica as well as many other diagnoses.

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McKenzie Exercises is a classification based system and treatment program for patients suffering from low back pain and was developed by Robin McKenzie PT in 1981. These are a specific set of exercises that use specific movements to position the lumbar spine in a correct position to alleviate nerve pressure. By performing these exercises the focus is to move the spine into its normal position which should help to allow for alleviation of pain and improved spinal mobility. McKenzie exercises have shown to be effective in treating herniated disc and sciatica. It is important to understand before performing these exercises to seek proper medical evaluation from a licensed medical doctor or physical therapist.

To schedule physical therapy, please call 904-858-7045.

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Scott McGinley, MD is at  The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute in Fleming Island.  He utilizes the McKenzie program of exercises for his lower back patients when referring his patients to physical therapy. Dr. McGinley is a board-certified, general orthopaedic surgeon and is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine. He treats a wide range of orthopaedic conditions in children and adults.

If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. McGinley, please Call 904-JOI-2000.

Dr. Scott McGinley

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