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McKenzie Side Glide Test

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Other Names

  • Low Back Side Glide Test
  • McKenzie Side Glide Test


Demonstration of the McKenzie Side Glide Test.jpg[1]
  • Evaluate lumbar spine, lower back


  • The patient is standing
  • The examiner stands to one side
  • Grasp the contralateral pelvis with both hands, then place a shoulder against the patients thorax ipsilaterally
  • Using the shoulder as a block, pull the patients pelvis towards the examiner
  • Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side
  • Positive Test
    • Increased neurological symptoms on the affected side.



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Image courtesy of https://mobilephysiotherapyclinic.in/, "McKenzie Side Glide Test"
Created by:
John Kiel on 6 August 2019 14:16:45
Last edited:
19 April 2023 22:12:33