Purpose: Identify patients with low back pain who likely will respond favorably to mechanical lumbar traction.
1. FABQ-W score < 21
2. No neurological deficit involvement
3. Age older than 30
4. Non-manual work job status
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2. Fritz JM, et al. Is there a subgroup of patients with low back pain likely to benefit from mechanical traction? Results of a randomized clinical trial and subgrouping analysis. Spine. 2007; 32(26): E793-800.