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Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy


Background:Lumbar lateral shift (LLS) is a common clinical observation but has rarely been described in a patient with a history of lumbar surgery. The purpose of the current case report was to describe the use of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in the multi-modal treatment of a patient with an LLS and a history of multiple surgical procedures in the lumbar spine, including interspinous process device (IPD) implantation. Case description:A 72-year-old female with chronic low back pain (LBP) and a surgical history in the lumbar spine was referred to physical therapy for radiating leg pain and presented with a right LLS. Her chief complaints included sitting for long periods, vacuuming and ascending stairs into her home. Outcomes:The patient was treated during eight visits over 30 days. Treatment interventions included manual shift correction, self-correction and management, joint mobilisation below the level of IPD implantation ,neurophysiology education, and development of a home exercise programme. At discharge, her leg pain was resolved and all goals had been met. The patient reported maintenance of gains at 6-month follow-up. Discussion:Utilisation of the MDT approach, including LLS correction, produced positive outcomes in a complex patient with previous IPD implantation. Future research should investigate treatment and outcomes after invasive spinal procedures in similar patient populations to better inform clinical management. Level of evidence:4.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy on August 7th, 2016 available at: