Luciana Macedo

Macedo, Luciana

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 22910
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: Rm. 441, IAHS


Luciana Macedo is a physical therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster. Luciana graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, completed her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy (thesis) degree at the University of Alberta and her PhD at the University of Sydney and The George Institute for Global Health, Australia. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta and later the Rehabilitation Clinical Research Scientist for the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic. She joined McMaster on September 2016.

Research Expertise

Keywords: back pain, low back pain, spinal disorders, randomized controlled trials, imaging, chronic pain, recurrence.

Luciana’s research focuses on the assessment and management of common spinal disorders. She has conducted a large number of systematic reviews and clinical studies. Luciana is particularly interested on the fluctuating nature of back pain and the impact that exercise therapists have in modifying this pattern. She is also interested in identifying subgroups of patients with back pain that respond to different types of interventions. She is also interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms of spinal disorders with the use of imaging and clinical assessment.

Teaching Interests

Luciana teaches musculoskeletal and statistics courses.

Graduate Students

Luciana will be taking graduate students in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact her.

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles:

Saragiotto BT, Maher CG, Yamato TP, Costa LOP, Menezes Costa LC, Ostelo RWJG, Macedo LG. Motor control exercises for chronic non-specific low back pain. A Cochrane review. Spine accepted April 2016..

Macedo LG, Battie MC, Bodnar A. A comparison of two methods to evaluate a narrow spinal canal: routine MRI versus 3D reconstruction. The Spine Journal 2016; 16: 884-888.

Tomkins-Lane C, Melloh M, Lurie J, Smuck M, Battie M, Freeman B, Smartzis D, Hu R, Barz T, Stuber K, Schneider M, Haig A, Schizas C, Cheung J, Mannion AF, Staub L, Comer C, Macedo L, Ahn SH, Takahashi K, Sandella D. Consensus on the Clinical Diagnosis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Results of an International Delphi Study. Spine 2016; epub ahead of print Feb 1: doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001476.

Macedo LG, Saragiotto BT, Yamato TP, Costa LOP, Menezes Costa LC, Ostelo RWJG, Maher CG. Motor control exercises for acute non-specific low back pain. The Cochrane Library 2016, Issue 2.

Saragiotto BT, Maher CG, Yamato TP, Costa LOP, Menezes Costa LC, Ostelo RWJG, Macedo LG. Motor control exercises for chronic non-specific low back pain. The Cochrane Library 2016, Issue 1.*** International media coverage

Macedo LG, Maher, CG, Hancock MJ, Kamper SJ, McAuley JH, Stanton TR, Stafford R, Hodges PW. Predicting response to motor control exercises and graded activity for low back pain patients: preplanned secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy 2014; 94(11):1543-54

Tomkins-Lane CC, Battié MC, Hu R, Macedo LG. Pathoanatomical characteristics of clinical lumbar spinal stenosis. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 2014; 27(2): 223-229.

Tomkins-Lane CC, Battié MC, Macedo LG. Longitudinal construct validity and responsiveness of measures of walking capacity in individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis. The Spine Journal 2014; 14(9): 1936-1943.

Macedo LG, Maher CG, Latimer J, McAuley JH, Hodges PW, Rogers T. Nature and determinants of the course of chronic low back pain over a 12-months period: a cluster analysis. Physical Therapy 2014; 94(2): 210-21.

Di Pietro F, Catley MJ, McAuley JH, Parkitny L, Maher CG, Costa L daC, Macedo LG, Williams CM, Moseley GL. Rasch analysis supports the use of the Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire. Physical Therapy 2014; 94(1): 91-100.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


(905) 525-9140 Ext: 22867


(905) 524-0069



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